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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Government acted 'within hours' of CRA website security breach

Government acted 'within hours' of CRA website security breach

A notice was posted on the agency's website that says it detected "an internet vulnerability" and took down many of its services, including electronic tax filing.

On Friday the Canada Revenue Agency disabled some web services after finding a potential security breach.

"Ensuring that your personal information is not compromised is a priority for us", the CRA wrote in a statement on its website, which has since been taken down but preserved on the CBC website.

"Due to a recent vulnerability impacting specific computer systems worldwide, ‎we took our website offline and are working.to address this issue", a CRA spokesperson said in an email to the Star.

The tax agency going offline prevented Canadians from filing their taxes online over the weekend, but will likely not cause a delay in processing and the agency will not extend the filing deadline, it said.

"At this time, we are not aware that any personal information has been affected; however, we continue to assess and remedy the situation", the notice added.

The services include ones such as "My Account", "My Business Account", "Netfile", "EFILE" and "Auto-Fill My Return".

A software flaw exposed the website to hackers and the Canadian websites have since been patched and resumed operations, officials said.

The agency said that any tax returns that were filed before the online shutdown were still being processed normally throughout the service disruption.

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