Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which Beijing strongly denied. China partners each year with thousands of Canadians firms to roll out new technologies, and took advantage of this arrangement to engage in a cyber attack, Ottawa said. "Recently, the government of Canada, through the work of the Communications Security Establishment, detected and confirmed a cyber intrusion on the IT infrastructure of the National Research Council of Canada by a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor," said a government statement.
The government did not provide details as to the nature of China's alleged cyber intrusions. The NRC's computers, Ottawa went on to say, have been isolated from the broader Canadian government network "as a precautionary measure." New security infrastructure is also being built to try to prevent similar breaches, but that could take up to a year to complete, it added. Areas of NRC scientific expertise include aerospace, astrophysics, energy and mining, health and medicine, ocean vessel engineering, and security and disruptive technologies.