Security Breach? CRA Online Services Shut Down
WINNIPEG, MB – Online tax services at the CRA have been suspended after fears of a possible breach of security.
Services went down close to midnight on March 10th. CRA says they found some widely used servers were vulnerable. Services came back online about an hour and half later, only to be shut down again Friday afternoon following concern that CRA’s digital services could be at risk of a security breach.
CRA says they are still working on the problem:
We are working to bring our online services back up as soon as possible. Updates will be posted at https://t.co/LpD4eFaH7O
— CanadaRevenueAgency (@CanRevAgency) March 11, 2017
CRA has released the following statement on their website regarding the situation:
Ensuring that your personal information is not compromised is a priority for us.
Upon becoming aware of an internet vulnerability that affects some computer servers used by websites worldwide, we took down our online services, including electronic filing, and are taking steps to ensure that all information and systems remain safe.
At this time, we are not aware that any personal information has been affected; however, we continue to assess and remedy the situation.
You can still complete your tax forms, but will have to wait before filing.
We are working to bring our online services back up as soon as possible. Updates will be posted as they become available.
Thank you for your patience.
There is no timeline for when online services will be restored.
Spencer Fernando, MyToba News