Canadian teen tries to exploit Heartbleed vulnerability, arrested

By Kyle Johnson,

A Canadian teenager was arrested on Wednesday for trying to take advantage of the Heartbleed exploit last Friday, the authorities say.

According to BBC News, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have accused 19-year-old Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, of London, Ontario, of hacking into the Canadian Revenue Agency's website via the Heartbleed vulnerability.

After gaining access to the website, Solis-Reyes allegedly managed to make off with 900 social insurance numbers. In a statement, the RCMP said, "It is believed that Solis-Reyes was able to extract private information held by CRA by exploiting the vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug."

He will likely be charged with one count of mischief and one count of unauthorized use of a computer, reports QMI Agency. After being arrested, his computers were seized and house searched by the RCMP.

Solis-Reyes attorney, Faisal Joseph, has said that the authorities threatened the teen while in their custody and without a lawyer present. They also let his name easily get picked up by the media.

"I just think it is totally inappropriate to try to destroy a kid's life before he even has an opportunity to speak to a lawyer and get legal advice," Joseph said, while promising to respond with legal action.



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