Foreign hackers breach Canadian government computers
Hackers traced to Chinese servers penetrated two Canadian economic offices, sources told the CBC.
February 17th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Foreign hackers breach Canadian government computers

Hackers traced to China penetrated two key Canadian economic ministries, gaining access to highly classified information, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports.

The hackers took over computers in the executive offices of the Finance Department and the Treasury Board, unnamed sources told the network. They then sent fake e-mails to government computer techs and other employees to get them to divulge sensitive passwords in a technique known as executive spear-phishing.

Canadian federal officials disabled the two departments' internet connections for a time to halt any loss of data, CBC reported.

It isn't clear whether other departments were breached or how much data was stolen. Government officials aren't talking about the attack, which occurred in January.

The source of the hack was traced to servers in China, but that doesn't mean the hackers were Chinese, the sources told CBC. They could have routed their paths through China to hide their identities, the sources said.

The pattern of the attack mirrors the GhostNet blitz that  hacked 100 other governments in March, according to the tech publication The Register.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Mike

    The Chinese do not believe in freedom. Anyone think that the Chinese people will demonstrate against this powerful country. HELL NO.

    February 18, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kaffir

    hacking on a mac lol i dont think so.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Good post clearvoice1. Very well said. They do hack in and are always willing to buy American secrets. Only the ignorant don't see this.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      No Phunnie boy,you,clearvoice1 and Go figure are the ignorant ones here and breathtakingly so. You seem to be accusing the Canadian police and the F.B.I. of incompetence. All this xenophobia about China is quite absurd to say the least. 30 years ago,the same thing was true about Russia. Wise up,will you?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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