Canadian arrested for Heartbleed hacking
Man arrested in first case linked to internet code bug which allows hackers to bypass encryption of private details.
Last updated: 17 Apr 2014 01:59
The Canadian government shut federal websites to guard against hackers. [Al Jazeera]
|A 19-year-old Canadian has become the first person arrested for theft of information related to the Heartbleed bug, a defect that allows hackers to bypass internet encryption code.|
Federal police in Canada said on Wednesday they had arrested and charged Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes over the theft of 900 Canadian taxpayers' data, which was made vulnerable by the "Heartbleed" bug.
Solis-Reyes was arrested at his London, Ontario home on Tuesday without incident. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to face charges of mischief and unauthorised use of a computer to steal data from the Canada Revenue Agency's website.
"It is believed that Solis-Reyes was able to extract private information held by the CRA by exploiting the security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug," police said in a statement.
The suspect was tracked down within four days after the CRA reported a serious security breach. Police said computer equipment was seized at the suspect's home, and that the investigation is still ongoing.
The Canada Revenue Agency said 900 social insurance numbers - personal nine-digit codes required for working or accessing government benefits in Canada - had been stolen last week by "someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability."
Its website was shut for several days over concerns about the Heartbleed bug.
The recently-discovered flaw in online-data scrambling software OpenSSL allows hackers to eavesdrop on online communications, steal data, impersonate websites and unlock encrypted data.
OpenSSL is commonly used to protect passwords, credit card numbers and other data sent via the internet.
More than half of websites use the software, but not all versions have the same vulnerability, according to heartbleed.com.
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April 19, 2014
April 19, 2014
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page.
The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.
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