Heartbleed over the past week has given the tech industry plenty to talk about, and now the infamous security flaw is bringing back another sensitive topic into the minds of consumers and techies: the National Security Agency (NSA).

In a nutshell, Heartbleed affects vulnerable versions of OpenSSL and enables cybercriminals to hack a website, impersonate that site and collect visitors' personal information.

Google (GOOG) and Finnish security firm Codenomicon released details last week about the security flaw and even launched a dedicated website to provide a complete breakdown of the security bug.

POLL: Do you believe the NSA had prior knowledge of the Heartbleed security flaw?

But did the NSA discover this vulnerability before it was made public? That's one question many publications are hoping to find the answer to in the upcoming weeks.

This all came about after Bloomberg last week reported that the NSA had access to the Heartbleed vulnerability before it was disclosed to the general public.

A White House spokesperson disputed the claim and pointed out that if the administration knew about the security vulnerability, it would have disclosed it to the OpenSSL community.

But what do you think? Did the NSA have prior knowledge of the Heartbleed security flaw? If so, does the NSA have a responsbility to disclose it to the OpenSSL community?

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