BOSTON, April 16 American Funds, one of the
largest U.S. mutual funds families, sent an email to 825,000
shareholders on Wednesday, advising them to change their
passwords, citing "a very narrow window of risk" related to the
Heartbleed Internet threat.
American funds spokesman Chuck Freadhoff said that the firm
issued the notice "out of an abundance of caution" after
learning that one of its vendors had been affected by
"We have no evidence or belief that any information was used
to gain access to any shareholders account," he said.
He declined to name the vendor.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle. Editing by Richard Valdmanis)