Ottawa  : Canada on Tuesday accused China of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which partners with thousands of Canadian firms each year to roll out new technologies. “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 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 future breaches, but that could take up to a year to complete, it added.

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