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February, 27, 2017

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Canadian police nab young man in Heartbleed data theft

OTTAWA, Canada--Federal police said Wednesday they have arrested and charged a 19-year-old man in the theft of 900 Canadian taxpayers' data, which was made vulnerable by the "Heartbleed" bug.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his London, Ontario home on Tuesday without incident.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to face charges of unauthorized use of a computer to steal data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)'s website.

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

The suspect was tracked down within four days after what CRA Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud had described as a serious security breach.

Police said computer equipment was seized at the suspect's home, and that the investigation is still ongoing.

The Canada Revenue Agency said 900 social insurance numbers — personal nine-digit codes required for working or accessing government benefits in Canada — had been stolen last week by "someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability."

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