Dear Scientists Without Borders community members:
As you may have seen recently on the news or social media, a widespread security vulnerability referred to as Heartbleed has been discovered in websites and services that use online encryption software called OpenSSL. More than half of all active websites rely on OpenSSL to encrypt communications, including the Scientists Without Borders website of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Please know that there has been no indication of breach or compromise of our online systems. Your privacy and security are of the utmost importance to the Academy, and as soon as this potential vulnerability was discovered, our hosting service took immediate action to investigate the issue and apply appropriate patches. In the years since our website launched, never once has suspicious account activity been detected.
Because the data you share with us is of a personal nature, however, we would like to recommend that you change your user password as a precaution. It may be an unnecessary precaution, but as your data is precious, we would rather exercise a little healthy paranoia in the name of protection. To change your password, log into your profile at https://scientistswithoutborders.org/component/users/?view=login.
Thank you for your continuing support of Scientists Without Borders and the New York Academy of Sciences.