#CyberFLASH: 19-Year-Old Londoner Accused in CRA-Heartbleed Hack to Appear in Ottawa Court

heartbleed-new-backgroundA court appearance is scheduled Friday morning in Ottawa for the London teen charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency website last spring.

Stephen Solis-Reyes — a graduate of Mother Teresa high school in London — was originally charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data. Solis-Reyes was in the midst of his second year as a computer science student at Western University when he was arrested and charged last April.

About 900 social insurance numbers were stolen from CRA computers in relation to the breach. The CRA temporarily shut down some access to its website on April 8th in response to security concerns about the Heartbleed bug. The website wasn’t available to tax filers for several days.

The Heartbleed bug was caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy. The bug affected many global IT systems in both private and public sector organizations and has the potential to expose private data.

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