Heartbleed Affects Canada's Tax-Filing System and TurboTax

The Canadian service has been paused for a few days and Turbotax secured

It’s not just regular websites that have been affected by the Heartbleed bug, but also important systems aiding governments around the world.

Canada, for instance, has shut down its online tax-filing service because of the bug. The move comes at a particularly bad time since Canadians must file their tax returns in the next few weeks.

According to Canada’s Revenue Agency, the system has been halted and will remain inactive for a few days. On the bright side, however, it seems like Heartbleed has not actually done any real damage to the Canadian system, since the agency says that this is a “preventative” measure meant to safeguard the integrity of the information it holds.

It’s unclear whether they’re trying to cover up a system breach or if this is indeed just something they are trying to do to make sure the system is secure all around.

On the same line of work, Intuit TurboTax, a service that helps people prepare their taxes, has examined its systems and secured the product against the Heartbleed bug.

“Safeguarding our customers’ data is our top priority. We continuously monitor our systems to improve our security capabilities in service to our customers. Taxpayers can be confident that TurboTax websites are secure and their personal and financial information are safe. They can file their return today with confidence,” said “Nat” Rajesh Natarajan, chief technology officer and vice president of product development and product management for Intuit TurboTax.

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