The first suspected Heartbleed hacker has been arrested


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A Canadian cyber crime unit has arrested and charged a 19-year-old Ontario man for allegedly hacking into the country's tax agency using the Heartbleed Internet security bug.

The suspect, Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, was arrested Tuesday at his home "without incident," law enforcement authorities with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a news release. Officials found and seized computer equipment from Solis-Reyes's home.

Earlier this week, the Canada Revenue Agency said an attacker using Heartbleed stole 900 Social Security numbers. It was the first known case of a hacker taking advantage of the security flaw for malicious purposes.

The vulnerability stems from a fault in OpenSSL, a widely used security protocol that encrypts Internet traffic for vast numbers of Web sites.

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Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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