Canada Urged To Strengthen Cyber Security After Alleged Attack By Chinese Hackers

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 21, 2013 5:24 PM EST

Cyber security experts have warned Canada to ramp up its cyber security after U.S. internet firm Mandiant allegedly said that Chinese hackers were targeting organizations in Canada and the U.S.

Mandiant Tuesday published a study titled "APT1: Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units" where the firm allegedly traces the U.S. information stolen by a Chinese military unit in Shanghai.

"The Canadian government has been somewhat remiss in its approach to the problem of cyber security," the Financial Post quoted Queen's University professor and internet security expert David Skillicorn as saying.

The internet firm labeled "APT 1" as Advanced Persistent Threat group one and the Mandiant said that the location of three servers linked to the cyber attackers were found in Canada.

"It lines up with what we already suspected to a high degree," the newspaper quoted Martin Rudner, a former research professor at Carleton University, as saying.

"We have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest levels about cyber theft with senior Chinese officials, including in the military, and we will continue to do so," said Tommy Vietor, the U.S. National Security Council spokesperson

However, according to the Chinese State News Paper Xinhua, China's military spokesman, Geng Yansheng Wednesday said that Chinese military never backed any cyber hacking activities.

The Chinese military spokesman labelled the U.S. firm's report as baseless.

While speaking at a media briefing, the spokesperson said that China's laws condemned any illegal activities disrupting cyber security.

China in recent years has been labelled as origin of cyber attacks targeting the United States. 

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