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900 Social Insurance Numbers Stolen Due to Heartbleed Bug

Chances are you’ve already heard about the “Heardbleed bug” that has been all over media recently. 900 social insurance numbers were stolen from the federal tax agency’s system after it was left vulnerable by this bug.

“Based on our analysis to date, social insurance numbers of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from CRA systems,” said Canada Revenue Agency commissioner Andrew Treusch.

Treusch has expressed regret and concern for the breach and stated that the CRA will be contacting those affected taxpayers by registered mail to avoid phishing schemes by fraudsters.  A 1-800 number will also be provided to those affected to want more detailed information.

Credit protection services will be made available at no charge to those affected and their accounts will be provided with “additional protections” to defend against unauthorized activity.

For more information please see this article.[1]


Derek May, HUB International TECHNOLOGY D: (604)331-5464 E:

HUB International TECHNOLOGY is based in Vancouver and focuses on insuring and protecting public and private companies in the technology sector. We offer Risk Management and Loss Control strategies, placing General Liability, Property, Business Interruption, Cyber Liability, along with other coverages for all types of technology companies, including E-Commerce.

[1] "CRA says 900 social insurance numbers stolen due to Heartbleed bug." Calgary Herald. Calgary Herald, 14 Apr 2014. Web. 15 Apr 2014. social insurance numbers stolen Heartbleed/9736471/story.html.


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