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CRA shuts down online services after cyberattacks expose thousands of accounts – Global News

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The Canada Revenue Agency has temporarily disabled its online services following news of two separate cyberattacks that compromised thousands of its accounts.

In a statement Sunday, the CRA confirmed that online services were being disabled as an “additional precaution,” on top of the links between its My Account and My Service Canada also being shut down temporarily. The CRA has not provided a timeline for when the online services would be restored.

In two separate incidents, about 5,500 CRA accounts were impacted as of Aug. 14. Hackers were then able to access some users’ My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client of certain individuals functions on the CRA website.

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The CRA’s online service shutdown means that, in effect, anyone trying to apply for emergency COVID-19 benefits such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit will be unable to do so until services resume.

“The CRA quickly identified the impacted accounts and disabled access to these accounts to ensure the safety and security of the taxpayer’s information,” read a statement from a CRA spokesperson.

“The CRA is continuing to analyze both incidents. Law enforcement assistance has been requested from RCMP and an investigation has been initiated.”






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In a statement Saturday, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat said that hackers had obtained and attempted to use the GCKey passwords and usernames of 9,041 people.

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GCKey is an online authentication system which allows people to access dozens of government departments, including Service Canada and Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

According to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, hackers were successful in accessing government services online for about a third of the affected accounts. The federal government has since disabled access to the hacked accounts, and are in contact with individuals who have been affected.

— With files from Kerri Breen

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Struggling outdoor equipment retailer MEC opposes efforts to pause sale to Kingswood – CBC.ca

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Beleaguered outdoor recreation retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op is opposing a proposed delay of the company’s sale to a U.S. private investment firm, saying there is “significant urgency” to closing the deal.

Kevin Harding with the Save MEC campaign filed an application in a B.C. court last week to adjourn the sale to California-based Kingswood Capital Management, part of an effort to preserve the retailer’s status as a co-operative.

The group said it wants to “explore alternative options to address MEC’s liquidity issues,” including selling real estate, obtaining operating loans and bringing in a credit card rewards program.

In a response filed Monday, the company doubted the group’s ability to help address MEC’s cash flow issues, noting that the proposed sources of potential funding don’t involve “concrete commitments or realistic options.”

The Vancouver-based company said given the number of factors that need to be addressed before the sale closes, including negotiations with landlords, the proposed adjournment would put the deal in jeopardy.

MEC said it’s urgent for the sale to close before the retailer experiences “significant weekly cash flow losses,” which may worsen with rising COVID-19 rates.

The company added there is a “real risk” that a delay could lead to the closure of MEC’s operations.

“The transaction has to close in a timely manner before MEC’s forecasted losses escalate and in order for the purchaser to take advantage of the upcoming holiday sales periods,” MEC said in the court filing.

The 49-year-old retailer traces its roots back to a group of West Coast mountaineers, who came up with the idea of opening a Canadian outdoor recreation store during a climbing trip to Mount Baker in Washington state.

The grassroots co-operative officially launched in 1971 with six members and about $65 of operating capital.

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Here is the list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests in London and region – London Free Press (Blogs)

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Thirteen Shoppers Drug Mart stores in nine Southwestern Ontario cities are seeing their first COVID-19 testing clients Tuesday, days after Queen’s Park rolled out pharmacy-based testing in harder-hit areas of Ontario.

The pharmacies are testing high-priority, asymptomatic people, Shoppers Drug Mart said in a statement Tuesday. The testing is available by appointment only.

“Patients who fit the high-priority, asymptomatic criteria are asked to contact the pharmacy directly to be pre-screened,” the company said.

Though Rexall has launched COVID-19 testing in Toronto-area and Ottawa pharmacies, the company has no imminent plans to expand its testing pilot program to pharmacies in Southwestern Ontario, Rexall said in a statement Tuesday.

The pharmacy-based COVID-19 testing comes as assessment centres in London and across Ontario struggle with unprecedented lineups and wait times for testing. Last week, the province tightened the rules for people seeking testing at assessment centres to those with symptoms and those in close contact with a confirmed case.

Here are the Shoppers Drug Mart stores in the London region offering COVID-19 tests starting Tuesday:

London

  • 395 Southdale Rd. E
  • 603 Fanshawe Park Rd. W
  • 3090 Colonel Talbot Rd.

St. Thomas

  • 107 Edward St.

Woodstock

  • 333 Dundas St.

Stratford

  •  511 Huron St.

Brantford

  • 320 Colborne St. W.

Sarnia

  • 1206 Michigan Ave.

Bright’s Grove

  • 2600 Lakeshore Rd.

Chatham-Kent

  • 416 St Clair St.

Windsor

  • 3100 Howard Ave.
  • 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E
  • 1760 Huron Church Rd.

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