(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Canadian officials accused Chinese hackers on Tuesday of attacking the computer systems of its top research and development division.
Canada’s Treasury Board announced that a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had infiltrated the National Research Council’s network, though did not release further details due to confidentiality reasons, Yahoo News reports.
China’s embassy responded to Canada’s allegations by stating they do not “accept the groundless allegations of Chinese government’s involvement in any cyber intrusion or attack.”
“The Chinese government has always firmly opposed to and combated cyber attacks in accordance with the law. In fact, China is a major victim of cyber attacks.”
The embassy added that it is “neither professional nor responsible to make groundless speculations and accusations on cyber attacks for various purposes.”
Officials noted that a new security infrastructure is currently being built to prevent future security threats, though it could take up to a year to complete the project.
As a precautionary step, the Council’s computers have been isolated from the rest of the rest of Canada’s government networks.
The National Research Council works with science and technology researchers in the areas of aerospace, information and communication technologies, construction, security and disruptive technologies, ocean engineering, and human health therapeutics.