Monday, April 14, 2014

SIN Numbers Exposed Due To "Heartbleed Bug"

Mounties are investigating after 900 social insurance numbers were exposed due to the "Heartbleed Bug". The Canada Revenue Agency says a malicious breach of taxpayer information occurred over the past five days because of the security threat. The agency is working to notify those affected by the breach - each person will receive a registered letter to inform them that their personal information has been exposed. The CRA shut down its electronic tax filing services last week to try and limit the damage caused the bug which can expose password information. The "e-filing" service is now back up and running. The agency states they will not be calling or emailing individuals to inform them that they have been impacted - that would be considered a scam. More information on the breach is available on the CRA website.