Sunday, March 12, 2017

I never meant harm, says student who hacked Canada Revenue to show vulnerability to Heartbleed virus

I never meant harm, says student who hacked Canada Revenue to show vulnerability to Heartbleed virus

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LONDON — A student computer whiz who stole 900 social insurance numbers from the files of the Canada Revenue Agency to demonstrate its online vulnerability pleaded guilty and apologized on Friday.
Two years ago, when Stephen Solis-Reyes of London, Ont., was 19, he stole the files to demonstrate the agency’s online vulnerability to the Heartbleed computer bug.
The result: a sudden, panicked shutdown of the CRA’s website for four days, which in turn lead to the extension of its tax-filing deadline by a week.

Dave Chidley /The Canadian Press
Dave Chidley /The Canadian PressA 2014 high school yearbook photograph of Stephen Solis-Reyes.

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