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Canada Revenue Agency website back up; Tax deadline extended to May 5 0

By Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

Canada Revenue Agency website. (SCREENSHOT)

Canada Revenue Agency website. (SCREENSHOT)

OTTAWA -– Break time has ended for anyone delaying income tax filing because of the Heartbleed bug that infected Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) computers last week.

The taxman says all systems are "go" now.

“We apologize for the delay and the inconvenience it has caused to Canadians,” CRA Commissioner Andrew Treusch said in a statement Sunday. “We could not allow these systems back online until we were fully confident they were safe and secure for Canadian taxpayers.”

CRA disabled EFILE and NETFILE functions on Monday last week after the discovery of Heartbleed, which can exploit a weakness in encryption software meant to protect transmitted information from being intercepted and read.

Usually individual tax returns are due April 30, but because of the service interruption, CRA will not charge interest or penalties on 2013 filings submitted by May 5.

The feds shut down several other unspecified websites last week, but the Treasury Board announced that all were brought back online on Sunday.

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