Canada Revenue Agency Shuts Down Online Tax Returns thanks to Heartbleed Threat

The security flaw allows potential attackers to get passwords, credit card information, and other information that’s usually encrypted.  This flaw makes it possible to snoop on Internet traffic even if the padlock had been closed. Interlopers could also grab the keys for deciphering encrypted data without the website owners knowing the theft had occurred, according to security researchers.

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has halted online filing of tax returns by the country’s citizens following the disclosure of the Heartbleed security vulnerability that rocked the Internet this week.  Until this issue can be fixed, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not be apply penalties to those filing 2013 tax returns after April 30 for a period equal to the length of the service disruption.  Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has also suspended public access to its online services while it investigates the potential impact on tax payer information.

The services affected include EFILE, a Web service that permits filing of income tax returns by third parties directly from tax preparation software, and NETFILE, a personal tax returns program.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States is still continuing to accept tax returns ahead of an April 15 deadline. IRS said it continued to monitor the situation.

Canada Revenue Agency anticipates restoring services by weekend.

Industry experts are recommending that users change all online passwords as a precautionary measure.

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