Canada Revenue Agency offline as a precaution due to global “security vulnerability”


The Canada Revenue Agency said it took its online services offline after learning of a possible security threat.

The agency says on its website that it has become aware of a “security vulnerability affecting organizations around the world” and has decided to take the services offline as a precaution.

He says there is no indication that the agency’s systems have been compromised, or that there has been unauthorized access to taxpayer information.

More details on the nature of the security vulnerability were not provided, but on Friday it was reported that a flaw was discovered in a utility that is ubiquitous in cloud servers and enterprise software used in it. industry and government.

Cyber ​​security companies have said businesses and governments are working hard to fix their systems, with some calling it the worst computer vulnerability in years.

The CRA says it is working to secure its systems and apologizes for the inconvenience.

“We understand that this interruption may be embarrassing for some Canadians. Our services will be available as soon as possible, ”the agency said on its website on Saturday.

Meanwhile, southern Ontario transit agency Metrolinx said the GO Transit website was brought back online on Saturday after a 17-hour outage in response to a cyber threat.

The Crown Transportation Agency said it closed the site on Friday after being told by the federal government of the global cyber vulnerability.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 11, 2021.

–With files from The Associated Press.


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