Yet another example that the balance between national security and personal and transaction data security is a difficult balance to get right. However it is surprising that some of the companies implicated as vulnerable are recognized as thought leaders in technology.
This one goes by the clever acronym FREAK which stands for Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys. This bug affects SSL/TLS protocols used to encrypt data as it is transmitted over the Internet and potentially puts at risk private information sent over the Internet including passwords, banking and credit card information. To better understand FREAK, it is necessary to go back to restrictions of a maximum of 512-bit code encryption from the early 1990s used in software to be sold abroad.