You may remember that in early April there was a huge online security blunder discovered with regards to OpenSSL, called the “Heartbleed Bug”. DC Magnates reported then that Bitstamp, arguably the world’s largest Bitcoin exhange, had temporarily suspended several functions including registrations and withdrawals until a fix was in place. The Heartbleed bug allowed information to be stolen even though it’s encrypted by the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols, such as passwords and credit card information. Thankfully it wasn’t long before this was patched.
Now, if you want to support the OpenSLL project, which by the way, is used on around two thirds of all web servers, then you are able to do so via… Bitcoin, in addition to the usual methods, such as credit / debit cards and Paypal.
The actual OpenSSL project is run by a small group of people, and is very reliant on donations via the OpenSSL Software Foundation.
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“Your donation to the OpenSSL team will support the ongoing development activities of the team members… In addition to direct financial contributions in the form of donations or sponsorship you may also support the OpenSSL project financially with the purchase of a support contract, or by hiring us for consulting services or custom software development. We consider all sources of funding to be sponsors, because we use all such funding, whether donations or pay for services rendered, for the same purpose — to improve and maintain the OpenSSL product.”
At the bottom of the page, beneath their Paypal button, you can see the “Donate Bitcoins” button.