TORONTO: Cyber-security experts have found an “extremely serious” bug that may pose an even more preponderant risk than the recent Heartbleed bug, and could affect hundreds of millions of computers ecumenical. It was the middle of tax season. Millions of Canadians were rushing to file their 2013 tax returns afore the April 30 deadline and then, without admonishment, the Canada Revenue Agency’s website went dark.
The website was one of millions affected by a rigorous encryption imperfection now kenned as the Heartbleed bug. But Canadians were some of the worst affected by the imperfection.
In the days and months that followed, website operators scrambled to patch their sites and users were enheartened to transmute the password to every account that may have been affected. Authenticate credentials and utilize information is liable to be leaked by hackers, putting users in jeopardy for adscititious hacks. The quandary is hackers could leak this information at any time.
For our own part, Parsons verbally expressed users should ascertain they apply security patches for web browsers and operating systems as anon as they are available. Supplementally, users should practice better password security.