It has been reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) has long been aware of the Heartbleed bug and exploited it to obtain information.

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: “The NSA’s purpose is to protect Americans. But if media reports are accurate, rather than fixing the Heartbleed bug, the NSA exploited it to gather information, leaving Americans vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Once again, the NSA proved blind to the interests of every day Americans in its single-minded pursuit of information. This calls into serious question what the intelligence community does behind its dark cloud of secrecy and is yet another example of how our privacy and data security have been cast aside in the name of national security.”