Tech Titans Throw $3.6M at Preventing New Heartbleed
Google, Microsoft, Amazon among firms backing effort
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2014 12:25 PM CDT
Top tech firms are forming an alliance against another Heartbleed.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – Competing tech giants don't want to see another Heartbleed, and they're putting their money where their mouth is to ensure that they don't. Some of tech's biggest names—Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Dell, to name a few—are now jointly funding an effort to support essential online projects, Wired reports. OpenSSL, the security software affected by Heartbleed, has just one full-time worker; the new Core Infrastructure Initiative, driven by the Linux Foundation, aims to allow more developers to devote their time to such projects.

The initiative will also fund security and infrastructure tests, Wired notes. Given concerns surrounding Heartbleed, the Linux Foundation "decided to do what we always do: work with the industry to raise money and fund developers directly so they can do what they do best, develop," says a rep. Already, supporters have committed $3.6 million to the effort. The first project to get funding, TechCrunch notes: OpenSSL.

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May 5, 2014 8:42 PM CDT
$3,600,000. wasted: Expert virus fighters can't even stop Heartbleed :-(
Apr 25, 2014 4:20 AM CDT
It would be hilarious if it turns out Microsoft is running Linux servers.
Jon Q. Publix
Apr 24, 2014 1:11 PM CDT
Open Source is a system of perfect logic built on the foundation of a few flawed assumptions. One of these assumptions is that bugs will be revealed by people looking at source code. As the case shows, very few people ever take a serious look. From a quality perspective, about the only thing gained is a false sense of security.