Canada Taxpayer Data Stolen in ‘Heartbleed’ Breach


Reuters
April 14, 2014

heartbleed-01-sm_0Canada’s tax-collection agency reported on Monday that the private information of some 900 people had been stolen from its computer systems as a result of vulnerabilities caused by the ‘Heartbleed’ bug.

The breach allowed someone to extract social insurance numbers, which are used for employment and gaining access to government benefits, and possibly some other data, the Canada Revenue Agency said.

“Regrettably, the CRA has been notified by the government of Canada’s lead security agencies of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period,” the CRA said in a statement.

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