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Canadian Taxpayer Data Stolen With Heartbleed Breach

Thursday April 17, 2014

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has reported that 900 Canadian Social Insurance Numbers were taken from its servers by someone exploiting the Heartbleed security vulnerability. The CRA is going through an analysis of other fragments of data, some of which relate to businesses, that also may have been breached. The breach apparently took place in a six-hour period after the bug was discovered but before the CRA closed public access to their online systems.

The CRA's Commissioner Andrew Treusch said in a statement that the agency will notify the individuals affected by the breach by registered letter. A dedicated 1-800 number has been set up to provide them with further information, including what steps to take to protect the integrity of their SIN. Please note that individuals will not be notified by email or telephone that they have been affected, in order to avoid scams.

Affected individuals will be given free access to credit protection services. The CRA will also apply additional protections to their CRA accounts to prevent any unauthorized activity.

On April 15, the RCMP charged Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, a 19-year-old London, Ontario student, in relation to this "malicious breach of taxpayer data." Solis-Reyes is scheduled to appear in court in Ottawa on July 17, 2014. The RCMP says the investigation is still ongoing. It is being handled by the RCMP's National Division Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) and "O" Division.

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Canada Revenue Agency Temporarily Closes Online Services

Canadian Income Tax Services Back Online

Thursday April 17, 2014
Canadian online tax services, which were temporarily closed to the public on April 8, 2014 due to the Heartbleed security bug, were restored on April 13. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) worked with Shared Services Canada to apply, and test, a patch to address the vulnerability.

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Because of the delay and inconvenience to Canadian taxpayers, the deadline for filing 2013 Canadian income tax returns has been extended from April 30, 2014 to May 5, 2014. Individual taxpayers filing their 2013 tax returns by May 5, 2014 will not be charged penalties and interest for filing their taxes late.

The CRA says that since the patch is now in place, users can safely log on with their current user ID and password, however it is good practice to change your password periodically.

The CRA has posted some answers to frequently asked questions.

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Philippe Couillard in Charge

Thursday April 10, 2014
The day after the Liberal party's landslide victory in the 2014 Quebec provincial election, Premier-designate Philippe Couillard held a news conference to outline his immediate plans. A transition committee will be overseen by Daniel Johnson, a former Liberal premier. The new premier and his cabinet are expected to be sworn in right after the Easter break.

Philippe Couillard

With jobs and the economy predominant issues, Couillard said his first concern is the state of the public finances. He told reporters that he would call in the Quebec auditor general to do a full accounting of the province's books. He said that he would go ahead with efforts that don't require the tabling of a budget, such as new tax credits and infrastructure projects which had been announced.

Dr. Couillard also said he would address issues raised by the controversial proposed Charter of Secular Values "early in my government." He plans to find elements to form a consensus position, such as the neutrality of the state and protection of religious rights. He also plans to re-introduce the bill to legalize medically assisted death.

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Canada Revenue Agency Temporarily Closes Online Services

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Update: 04/10/2014
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says that it expects to have services restored on the weekend. Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay has also announced that individuals will not be charged late penalties for filing their tax returns after the April 30 deadline for the length of time of the service interruption.

The CRA has temporarily shut down public access to its online services due to the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed is an Internet security vulnerability in software code used by two-thirds of "secure" websites on the Internet.

Canada Revenue Agency

The temporary shutdown is a preventative measure to protect the integrity of taxpayers' information held by the CRA. Applications affected include EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client.

The agency is working as quickly as possible to assess the imapct of this bug, to resolve any issues, and to restore online services as soon as possible. They will be providing further information as it becomes available, including daily updates.

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