9000+ government accounts hacked

9000+ government accounts hacked

Following a trio of cyber attacks, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says it expects to brings its services back online by Wednesday.

The CBC news service reported the government's precautionary shutdown of these sites over the weekend meant that citizens likely found it more hard to apply for emergency COVID-19 benefits.

"The government is continuing its investigation, as is the RCMP (Canadian police) to determine if there have been any privacy breaches and if the information was obtained from these accounts". The perpetrators were able to use previously hacked credentials to access the CRA portal. "They were also able to exploit a vulnerability in the configuration of security software. which allowed them to bypass the CRA security questions and gain access to a user's CRA account", Brouillard said on Monday.

On Saturday, the CRA said it had suspended its online services after what officials described as one of two "credential stuffing" schemes. Leah Baverstock, a law clerk in Ontario, found that her Canada Revenue Agency account had been hacked earlier this month and someone attempted to sign her up for COVID-19 benefits. The agency became aware of the first breach on August 7.

The CRA says affected users will be contacted directly.

"Used by approximately 30 federal departments, GCKey allows Canadians to access services like Employment and Social Development Canada's My Service Canada Account or their Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada account", it said.

"As an additional precaution, the CRA has temporarily disabled online services", said a spokesperson for the CRA in an email to CTV Sunday. In the meantime, Canadians applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Canada Emergency Student Benefit are able to do so with the help of a telephone agent.

Accounts of affected individuals have been revoked and letters have been sent to these people, she added.

CBC News has asked the CRA for comment on Moss's case, but in an emailed statement, the agency did not address her situation specifically and said only that it is prioritizing calls from victims of fraud and is answering calls as quickly as possible.

"I got afraid because I am thinking, 'OK, if they have my information to take money from the government, what other information do they have on me?"

The Connaught Building in downtown Ottawa, home of the Canada Revenue Agency. There have been 1,729 victims of COVID-19 fraud worth $5.55 million year-to-date.

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