CRA Pulls Online Services Due to Heartbleed Bug

In a statement issued by The Canada Revenue Agency, it has announced to have shut down public access to its electronic services website due to security concerns related to the “Heartbleed Bug,” i.e. a newly discovered software flaw that has made the information on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft. According to a message posted online on the website, the agency confirmed that the website is temporarily closed “to protect the security of taxpayer information.”

The statement issued by the agency on Wednesday morning, revealed that the site was closed due to concerns related to the “Heartbleed Bug.” It was mentioned that “as a result of information received today concerning an Internet security vulnerability name Heartbleed Bug, as a preventative measure, the CRA has temporarily shut down public access to our electronic services to safeguard the integrity of the information we hold.” Instead, it was advised that Canadians file their taxes online at the services site, using CRA services such as EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client. The deadline for filing a 2013 tax return is April 30.

CRA confessed that it acknowledges that the closure is a “significant inconvenience” for Canadians who use its online services. It assured that it was working on resolving the issues and would restore the online access to the website as soon as possible, “in a manner that ensures the private information of Canadians remains safe and secure.”

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