The nationally publicized security disaster of April 2014 known as the "Heartbleed" bug has certainly drawn attention to the developing need to prioritize security when dealing with information systems. A single, flawed line of code written into an extension of the widely used web encryption software called OpenSSL granted access to stored private and personal data to those who sought to illegally obtain it. While the software was built to maintain periodic open connections between servers in order to regulate operation, the mentioned line of code inadvertently allowed 64 kilobytes of information to be accessed by a web attacker when an open connection was established. Furthermore, given that the process was periodic, an individual extracting information illegally could accumulate valuable data over time by continuously exploiting each open connection. As a consequence, hackers were able to acquire usernames, passwords, credit card information, and each server’s private digital key, which made classified internal documents available to unauthorized parties. Although this vulnerability was ultimately patched, the event made an example of the problems that arise when software is not monitored for exploitable weaknesses.