Did the NSA install Heartbleed, and carelessly bypass all transaction data security on banking sites and shopping sites like Amazon.com?
Heartbleed: What you should know
April 9, 2014
'Experts have discovered a major flaw in the security software used by millions of Web sites — including banks, e-mail and social media services — that exposes users’ names and passwords, the content of their communications, and their data to anyone who knows how to exploit the weakness.
'“The vulnerability was introduced in 2011, apparently by accident when the open source code was updated, but the error was only spotted recently. That has raised fears that some attackers may already have been exploiting it to steal information,” the Guardian reported.'
See the article for details of how Heartbleed works - which sounds exactly like the method the NSA uses to extract data from targeted computers.