Canada accuses China of cyber-attack

July 30, 2014 09:27
Canada says 'a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor' was behind a cyber-attack on a federal research agency. Photo: Bloomberg

Canada accused Beijing on Tuesday of a cyber-attack on a federal research and development agency, charges which a Chinese official dismissed as "groundless".

Authorities detected a breach of information-security infrastructure at the National Research Council, a Canadian federal agency that does research in areas such as communications and aerospace, Bloomberg News quoted a Canadian government official as saying.

The attack was conducted by "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor," the official said.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is said to have discussed the matter with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

China doesn't accept the "groundless allegations" of its involvement in any cyber-attack, Yang Yundong, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, was quoted as saying in an e-mailed statement.

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