Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Heartbleed Bug Prompts Disabling of Federal Government Public Websites

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Heartbleed Bug Prompts Disabling of Federal Government Public Websites

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Federal public websites disabled due to bug

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OTTAWA - All federal departments using software vulnerable to the so-called Heartbleed bug have been ordered to immediately disable public websites.

The directive issued late Thursday calls this a precautionary measure until the "appropriate security patches are in place and tested" but did not indicate how many departments are involved.

The government's Chief Information Officer says in a statement issued through the Treasury Board that while disruptive, ''this is the best course of action to protect the privacy of Canadians.''

The statement adds that until measures are applied, "Canadians will be unable to access certain Government of Canada websites."

The Heartbleed bug is caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy. …

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