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POODLE Vulnerability Information

Posted on November 3, 2014

SSLv3 POODLE Vulnerability

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a protocol used to encrypt your personal information when it is being transmitted over the Internet.  Version 3 of SSL was released in 1996, but is still in use today for older browsers.  If certain conditions are met, it may be possible for an attacker to decrypt the SSLv3 connection in older browsers. Please note that this is not a vulnerability in our online banking system, but in fact a vulnerability in the SSLv3 protocol itself.  The likelihood of this attack occurring is low.

To ensure the highest level of security possible, we are asking all of our customers to make sure they update their browsers.  This process will vary by browser and version.  To first check your browser version, open the browser in question, go to “Tools” and click on “About.”   Each browser will indicate the version you are utilizing.  Then, to update a browser, search the Internet for the browser you wish to update, go to their site and follow the instructions for updating.

We recommend that the latest version of a browser always be used, as this is the best way to achieve the safest browsing session.  At a minimum, as of October 29, 2014, the following browser versions will need to be used to access our online banking system and e-statements:

Internet Explorer version 8 or later
Opera version 5 or later
All versions of Safari, Chrome and Firefox

 We will update the Polish National Credit Union website when we are made aware of any scam that is directly affecting our members. These scams may include email phishing scams, telephone phishing scams, fraudulent Credit Union checks, or other criminal activity affecting Polish National Credit Union accounts.

Below is a link to one of the best web sites on the internet concerning Computer Security.  This website will provide you with an invaluable education when it comes to scams, as well as safe computing.  This is the federal government’s website and is designed to help you to be safe, secure and responsible online.  The Federal Trade Commission manages this website in partnership with several federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Please take a few minutes and follow this link,, to reinforce what you know about avoiding scams, to protect your children from unsafe computer habits, and to learn more about safe and secure online computing.

If you have a question about a suspicious email or telephone call, or need to report a scam involving your Polish National Credit Union account, please contact us using the telephone numbers found here.



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