Canada accuses China of hacking government network

Canada accuses China of hacking government network

Canada accuses China of hacking government network

Updated 30 July 2014, 5:26 AEST

Canada has accused Chinese hackers of attacking a key computer network, lodging an official complaint with Beijing.

The complaint comes at a time when Ottawa is looking to boost oil sales to China.

Canadian officials say a "highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" recently broke into the country's National Research Council.

The council, the government's leading research body works with major firms such as aircraft and train manufacturers.

Canada has previously reported hacking incidents but this is the first time it has singled out China.

Officials say Foreign Minister John Baird had "a full and frank exchange of views" about the case with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.

"The government takes this issue very seriously and we are addressing it at the highest levels in both Beijing and Ottawa," said Mr Baird's spokesman Adam Hodge.

Corinne Charette, Canada's chief government information officer, says although NRC computers do not operate within the overall government system, they have been isolated as a precautionary measure.

"We have no evidence that data compromises have occurred on the broader government of Canada network," she said in a statement.

China has been cited as a suspect in various hacking attacks on companies in the United States and other nations.

Beijing routinely dismisses such allegations.

AFP