#CyberFLASH: Heartbleed bug shows governments slow to react


The revelation Monday that the social insurance numbers of 900 Canadians were stolen from the website of the Canada Revenue Agencylast week has raised yet more questions about the government’s response to the Heartbleed computer bug.

Researchers in Canada’s online security community say that the Heartbleed breach is evidence that government is often not as well equipped as private companies to detect and react quickly to online security threats.

The government “was really slow on this,” says Christopher Parsons, a post-doctoral fellow at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

“If you look at Yahoo, it had begun updating its security practices prior to the CRA fully taking action. The same thing with other larger companies. As soon as they saw what was going on, they immediately reacted and issued public statements.”

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