Newsletter – May 2014

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MAY 2014
 Volume 2, Issue 5
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HEARTBLEED BUG
Heartbleed bug does not affect Alerton products

A letter from Alerton explains that Alerton products have not been affected by the heartbleed bug.

Read Letter Here 

WHAT IS THE HEARTBLEED BUG

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows, stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users…
DULUTH, MN JOINS ENERGY CHALLENGE
Georgetown University launches $5 million challenge to reduce energy

The Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption, announced a list on April 23 of 51 communities who have signed letters of intent to compete. This announcement signals the opening of the Prize’s Application Phase for the nearly 9,000 eligible U.S. communities with a population between 5,000 and 250,000.

All eligible communities are encouraged to submit applications to compete for the Prize during the Application Phase, which concludes on June 30, 2014. The Application Phase will be followed by Quarterfinals and Semifinals, and the two-year competition will conclude in 2017 when one winning community is awarded a $5 million prize purse for use on energy efficiency programs.