Heartbleed Strikes Again! 900 SINs Stolen from Revenue Canada!

Revenue Canada has reported 900 Canadians have had their social insurance numbers stolen from its website because of the Heartbleed security threat.  The information was stolen over a six-hour period. 

All people affected will be contacted via registered letters and any attempts to contact a taxpayer via email or telephone are fraudulent.  Anyone affected will be provided with credit protection services at no cost.

As per a previous post, we informed everyone that CRA shut down the public access portion of its website last week.  Currently the RCMP is investigating the breach.

So how was Revenue Canada compromised?

The Heartbleed threat has caused a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the internet to provide security and privacy.  The bug is affecting many organizations worldwide.

 

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