E-filing of Canadian taxes shut down because of Heartbleed bug

OTTAWA Wed Apr 9, 2014 10:52am EDT

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Right in the heart of tax-filing season, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) shut down access to online tax services on Wednesday because of an Internet bug that has made data on many of the world's major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers.

"We have received information concerning an Internet security vulnerability named the Heartbleed Bug," the CRA, the government's tax collector, said. It added that the shutdown was a preventive measure.

Experts say the Heartbleed bug, found in widely used Web encryption technology, is one of the most serious security flaws uncovered in recent years.

The tax filing deadline in Canada is April 30, 15 days later than in the United States, but the CRA said it would give consideration to taxpayers unable to comply with their filing requirements because of the service interruption.

"The CRA recognizes that this problem may represent a significant inconvenience for individual Canadians, representatives and businesses that count on the CRA for online information and services," it said.

"Please be assured that we are fully engaged in resolving this matter and restoring online services as soon as possible in a manner that ensures the private information of Canadians remains safe and secure."

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway)

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Overcast451 wrote:
Good job NSA – at this rate, we’ll have no international allies left soon.

All this supposed spying to make us more ‘secure’ – is doing exactly the opposite thing. This type of arrogance on the part of the US government is putting US citizens at risk.

The threat of ‘terrorism’ is nothing compared to the threat of government tyranny.

Apr 09, 2014 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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