Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the social insurance numbers of around 900 Canadians were stolen from its online systems due to the Heartbleed bug.
The tax agency reported the data breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Friday (April 11), but waited until today (April 14)—three days—to inform the public.
In a statement posted on the agency's website, CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said:
It links an at-a-glance, animated front-end to a lot of detailed information about all the supposedly secure storehouses of data on the Internet that have been leaking like sieves.
Has the Canada Revenue Agency lost the personal data of Canadians due to a security vulnerability in the middle of tax season? We'll have to wait and see.
In a statement posted on its website, the CRA says:
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) places first priority on ensuring the confidentiality of taxpayer information.
Logstalgia is a website-access log-visualization tool that replays or streams—in real time—log data as a colourful 2D video animation.
It shows incoming requests to the website as a stream of particles, which either hit the server or miss. The most boring traffic stats look like pong as played by the “Operator” in The Matrix movies. Cute but so what?
Feed Logstalgia the logs of a Distributed Denial of Service attack and the result is mesmerizing and instructive—you can actually watch an attack. And in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Evidence points toward YouTube being the “popular video-sharing site” that unwittingly helped hackers hijack 22,000 browsers to act as a bot-net for a large scale DDoS attack.
In a post the next day on its blog, titled “One of World’s Largest Websites Hacked”, web-security company Incapsula explained that on Wednesday (April 2) it had mitigated a unique Distributed Denial of Service attack.
One of its clients was bombarded by over 20 million GET requests originating from the Web browsers of 22,000 hijacked computers.
Canada's Conservative government has put out its long-awaited digital strategy, and it contains one sentence relevant to Bitcoin. In its "Protecting Canadians" section, the Digital Canada 150 plan, released today (April 4), states:
We will introduce new anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulations for virtual currencies.
Yes, it's still April Fools' Day, unfortunately. So, you can't actually pay $228,619 to fly to SFU's newest "satellite" campus.
Here's the best line from the Semester in Space website:
Because of increasing pressures on universities to provide measurable learning outcomes that prepare students for immediate entry-level jobs in the resource development sector, the students will receive training in the areas of self-reliance, space industrialization, asteroid mining, and recycling of disused satellites.
At Vancouver's TED2014 conference, transgender model and activist Geena Rocero shared her story of growing up in the Philippines as a "boy", becoming a fashion model, and coming out to the world.
"Today, this very moment, is my real coming out," Rocero said. "I could no longer live my truth for and by myself. I want to do my best to help others live their truth without shame and terror. I am here, exposed, so that one day there will never be a need for a November 20th vigil. My deepest truth allowed me to accept who I am. Will you?"
Two private postsecondary schools in Vancouver have made a list of the top video-game design programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ai Vancouver scored better than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University in the rankings. Ai Vancouver and VFS were the only Canadian schools to make the list.