900 SINs stolen due to Heartbleed bug: Canada Revenue Agency

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TORONTO  – Roughly 900 Canadians have had their social insurance numbers stolen from the Canada Revenue Agency’s systems after the federal agency’s online services were hit by the so-called Heartbleed bug.

“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,”  Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said in a statement. “Social insurance numbers (SIN) of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from CRA systems by someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability.”

READ MORE: CRA online services back following Heartbleed scare

The agency says that each person affected will receive a registered letter to inform them of the breach and free access to credit protection services. A dedicated 1-800 number has also been set up to provide further information, including…

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