Addressed Heartbleed Bug Immediately: Lerer

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April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ben Lerer, co-founder and CEO at Thrillist Media Group, discusses the impact of the Heartbleed bug and what it takes to fix the issue on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.”

-- to tell you i was a customer as well.

When you hear of something like heartbleed, were you affected by this?

All of our sites are affected by this.

I did not know that this existed until i got an e-mail from our head of security about one hour after the news had broken that we had fixed the issue.

And so he jumped right on it, he founded before much of the news broke.

How did he get -- how was he aware of this?

That is a good question.

His job is to be aware of this stuff, but he was doing his job.

He wrote a note to the business informing everyone that this had been an issue for us.

As you said, 67% of the internet is affected.

We address this immediately but i would say for as much as 200 of the company's affected -- host of them would be affected.

How do you fix this, you make it sound pretty easy.

The fix is pretty easy.

This is an issue with open ssl, what he ultimately do is you upgrade to the newest version of ssl and you go and change a bunch of corporate passwords and it requires internal infrastructure for quick changes, but i don't think that this is particularly hard for the business.

The issue is that the breach has been opened for two years, or something to that effect.

Did you ever see anything funny?

We never saw anything funny and the businesses at the most risk are the really big companies that are always getting targeted on a regular basis.

Like walmart or target.

People with massive amounts of customer data that are businesses that are always under the gun.

Those are the guys that people go after first.

Relatively smaller businesses are not the businesses that hackers go after.

Have you been the subject of a hack attack?

We have been -- we have seen malicious things happening, but we have never actually been hacked and had information taken.

We monitor this stuff very closely.

But we have seen malicious attacks coming in.

What does this look like, to the ley person?

For us, it is not -- for the layperson, it does not look like anything but for us, it looks like some overseas server where we are getting a kind of traffic coming in and a lot of weird things happening, tons and tons of fraudulent credit cards being run at once, things of that nature.

And we are monitoring the stuff at all times and saying, something screwed up is happening.

What do you call your subscribers -- what do you tell your subscribers?

We have not told them anything.

We fixed this as fast as anybody has fixed this.

Is this the first time you're hearing this?

Right now.

Thrillist has fixed this.

Sitting here right now, it is clear that we should do some messaging today, but this is something that we are very proud of that we fixed faster than just about anyone else.

I think that we should.

The worry for consumers is, you said this is an easy fix, but for consumers, they say, you fixed that this time, but what about next time?

It is not just your users, it is users on walmart and amazon and target.

How big of a concern is that?

I guess that i am glad it is a broader issue than just a specific issue.

It could be very damaging to your branch if you have the problem and others don't. the issue that target had around the holidays, if you look at the data, it look like their business was affected during the holidays because of that breach.

I think that this is a broad, sweeping thing, and it may set e-commerce back by one day or two, that the end of the day, the way that the world is moving, people want to shop online and they will continue to shop online, you may think twice today or tomorrow but i think out of sight, out of mind.

The moment can be there.

I don't know that this will suddenly mean that people -- stop shopping online.

The with me through the hour, i know you will.

Ben lerer, the co-founder and ceo of thrillist.

Next, the ceo of twitter, -- he was paid just $130,000, with no bonus or stock awards.

Twitter raise almost $2 billion in the ipo.

You don't need to feel sorry for

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