Government acted 'within hours' of CRA website security breach

Tammy Harvey
March 15, 2017

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

Federal government officials are expected to shed new light this afternoon on what caused the Canada Revenue Agency's online tax services to go down for two days.

According to the CRA website, individuals, businesses and representatives are now able to file returns, make payments and access other CRA online services like usual.

"The CRA first took the websites offline at around midnight ET on March 10 after discovering an internet vulnerability that affects some computer servers used by websites worldwide", Samson said.

"We continue to assess and remedy the situation", Samson said.

Statistics Canada's main website was also back up and running by late Sunday.

The agency said that any tax returns that were filed before the online shutdown were still being processed normally throughout the service disruption. If you question whether or not the CRA has received your return, you and the CRA have certainty on the filing of returns through a confirmation code that is issued only upon successful transmission.

Digital services will remain offline until officials are satisfied there is no longer a security risk, he says. "We are now confident that the solution has been rigorously and successfully tested and services returned online", the statement added.

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