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Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday that Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data.

A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment.

Solis-Reyes is a computer science student at Western University, a spokesman for the university said.

The Canada Revenue Agency was forced to shut down its publicly accessible website Friday as the world learned about the Heartbleed computer bug, a previously undiscovered global Internet security vulnerability. On Monday, the agency said 900 social insurance numbers had been compromised.

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