Heartbleed bug exploited to steal taxpayer data

By Dan Goodin

Underscoring the severity of the Heartbleed bug affecting huge swaths of the Internet, hackers exploited the vulnerability to steal taxpayer data for at least 900 Canadian citizens and an unknown number of businesses, officials in that country warned Monday morning.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officials said they removed public access to online tax services last Monday, a day after the catastrophic defect in the widely used OpenSSL cryptography library surfaced. But by then it was too late. Hackers casing online CRA services were nonetheless able to exploit …read more

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