UPDATE: Internet bug wreaks havoc with online services

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Some internet services are unavailable through the Prince Edward Island government's website because of an Internet bug wreaking havoc with online services across North America.

Islanders wanting to use some government services online will have to do so in person instead after the province shut down parts of its website Wednesday because of a security issue known as the Heartbleed Bug

Finance Minister Wes Sheridan said the province was taking precautions to deal with a vulnerability issue on its website because of the bug.

“There is no breach at this point,” he said.

The Heartbleed Bug has affected encryption technology for websites around the world and could allow access to sensitive information without anyone knowing.

P.E.I. isn’t the only government dealing with the issue and on Wednesday the Canada Revenue Agency announced it was shutting down parts of its website as a precautionary measure to deal with the vulnerability.

Some of the P.E.I. government’s affected programs include online tourism bookings and motor vehicle registration renewals.

Sheridan said the government took the precautionary measure to ensure it protects information from clients across P.E.I.

“We’ve shut down a number of these programs just in case,” he said.

Anyone who visited an affected page on the provincial government’s website on Wednesday was met with a message informing them of the shut down and that the page would be restored as soon as it was possible to do so in a secure manner.

Sheridan said there about six services the government shut down and he doesn’t know when they will be restored.

“I don’t think anybody has a real good idea at this point. I think there’s an awful lot of question marks around it,” he said.



Organizations: Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, Google Toronto-Dominion Bank RBC Harper Conservatives Yahoo TD Bank Group TC Media

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Finland

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Recent comments

  • harrison duffy
    April 12, 2014 - 13:45

    the government got the bug because the system they were using known as famous Windows xp support ended the day before the bug was found

  • pepsi lover
    April 10, 2014 - 06:15

    Blame Ghiz

  • Head Shaker
    April 09, 2014 - 19:23

    Where is the security guy that people have been getting quotes from saying the gov IT should have done better? Where are all the Linux fan boys and Open Source zealots? Why weren't these geniuses telling everyone how big this issue was?

  • Impeach Ghiz
    April 09, 2014 - 19:19

    Another epic fail.

  • Seriously
    April 09, 2014 - 17:58

    Come on Tom. I'm not a fan of the Harper government either, but blaming them for not protecting Canadians from this? What would the NDP have done? Ban the internet in Canada?