Man Charged Over Heartbleed Attack

Earlier this week we reported on the Heartbleed attack on Canada’s tax services online, which saw 900 tax IDs stolen from the system. It was the first case of truly sensitive information being compromised by Heartbleed. A man has now been arrested and charged for the hack.


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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that they arrested 19-year-old suspect Stephen Solis-Reyes in London, ON today on charges of unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data. His computer was seized and he will face court on July 17.

Reuters reported on the arrest by the RCMP:

“It is believed that Solis-Reyes was able to extract private information held by CRA by exploiting the vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug,” the RCMP said in a statement.

The arrest comes quite quick in the wake of the hack as more and more websites work to patch their sites from similar attacks and security experts attempt to determine just how deep Heartbleed goes.