You may have heard recently about a new Internet security weakness, known as Heartbleed. Heartbleed is a vulnerability on Open SSL software that hackers can exploit to access online communications, steal personal data, and impersonate web services and users. Though Heartbleed has impacted some websites, there is no indication that any personal information has been compromised so far.

To exercise caution and ensure the continued protection of personal data, the Department of Commerce has notified DMA that all Death Master File (DMF) subscribers must change their passwords. We want to make sure DMA members are aware of this latest development.

DMF subscribers have been contacted multiple times by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) with instructions on how to change a password. If you have not already changed your password, please contact either the help desk at 703-605-6268 or subscriptions at 800-363-2068, or email NTIS.

For more information, please visit or contact Rachel Nyswander Thomas, DMA’s vice president of government affairs.

For more on DMA’s work to ensure uninterrupted access to the Death Master File by data-driven marketers, please click here.

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