In rare move, Canada accuses Chinese of trying to hack govt network
Published on Jul 29, 2014 11:40 PM
OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Canada on Tuesday took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing, raising tensions at a time when Ottawa wants to boost oil sales to China.
Officials said "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" had recently broken into the National Research Council. The council, the government's leading research body, works with major firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc..
Canada has reported hacking incidents before but this was the first time it had singled out China.
China is often cited as a suspect in various hacking attacks on companies in the United States and other nations. Beijing routinely dismisses such allegations.
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