#CyberFLASH: Federal government conducting system-wide checks for Heartbleed bug

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Federal government departments are scouring their IT systems in the wake of revelations that the Canada Revenue Agency’s website may have been vulnerable to a computer bug that has threatened the security of websites around the world.

Jacques Gourde, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said officials are trying to verify whether the CRA’s system has been breached and whether other government departments are affected.

“I think that all information systems, not only in Canada but around the world, are doing that kind of verification.”

Gourde’s comments came after the Canada Revenue Agency announced early Wednesday that it had shut down a number of web-based services, including electronic tax return filing, following the realization that its information technology systems were vulnerable to the newly discovered Heartbleed bug.

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