China says Canada must 'stop making baseless accusations'


mentalfloss
#1
China says Canada must 'stop making baseless accusations'

Canada must “stop making baseless accusations and redress the negative impacts” of its claims that the Chinese government is behind a cyberattack on the National Research Council, China’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

The Chinese government “consistently opposes criminal activities” aimed at sabotaging computer networks, “and has been cracking down on such activities firmly,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said in response to a reporter’s question about Canada’s claims.

“It is irresponsible for the Canadian side to make groundless accusations against China when there is no credible evidence. We are strongly opposed to that. We urge the Canadian side to correct their mistakes, stop making baseless accusations and redress the negative impacts incurred by their statement.”

The statement comes two days after the NRC confirmed a CTV News report that a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had targeted the agency’s computer systems over the last month.

NRC president John McDougall said that the “highly sophisticated” cyberattack may have compromised employees’ personal information and client data, including scientific and industrial trade secrets.

The NRC is Canada’s leading science and technology agency. It conducts research into satellites, space and industrial innovations, and genetically modified foods, among other areas.

Any information contained in the agency’s computer systems “may have been compromised,” McDougall told employees on Tuesday. Employees were told not to plug memory sticks, smartphones or tablets into their computers.

“We’re now accelerating our previously planned work to create a new, better, stronger and more secure IT infrastructure,” McDougall said.

As a precaution, the NRC’s computer networks have been isolated from the government’s IT network, the Treasury Board said.

“We have no evidence that data compromises have occurred on the broader Government of Canada network," a Treasury Board statement said Tuesday. The agency added that it could take security experts up to a year before a more secure computer system could be put in place.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who was on a three-country tour through Asia earlier this week, raised the matter with his counterpart in Beijing during “full and frank discussions,” CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reported on Tuesday.

This is not the first time Chinese hackers have penetrated Canadian government computers. They have previously targeted the Finance department, the Treasury Board, the Bank of Canada, and even the email accounts of members of Parliament.

Canada must 'redress the negative impacts' of cyberattack accusations: China | CTV News (external - login to view)
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
#2
Believing anything China says would be like believing anything Russian Television says.
 
mentalfloss
#3
Don't tell that to petros.

He's an RT junkie.
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
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mentalfloss
#5
That's gold.

I've always found RT says what I want to hear moreso than the truth.

They're kinda like the opposite of faux news.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

That's gold.

I've always found RT says what I want to hear moreso than the truth.

They're kinda like the opposite of faux news.

Or the Westen media in general. There are always two sides that we are seldom given.
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Or the Westen media in general. There are always two sides that we are seldom given.



See, that isn't even true.


Many time there is only one side and the rest is BS.


It's like giving creationism equal time to scientific facts.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
#8
Don't be a difficult poop.

I was talking about geopolitics not gravity.
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Don't be a difficult poop.

I was talking about geopolitics not gravity.


Even then....there isn't always two sides that are right.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
#10
But one needs to be presented with both to do the calculus.
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
#11
Sure, as long as one of the two sides isn't state run like RT.


RT gets it's agenda from the Kremlin.


Western media has it's flaws but you get several views and none of them are state run.....except CBC maybe and they clearly don't get orders from Ottawa on what they should be telling us.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#12
Western media is controlled by a very few business people - the same ones who pull the strings in government
 
Grievous
No Party Affiliation
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Western media is controlled by a very few business people - the same ones who pull the strings in government



Yet, you still get different views.


MSNBC is way different than FOX.
 
Twila
#14
So is China saying that they aren't spying and hacking? Cause they'd probably be the first country on this planet with power to NOT do such things...
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
+1
#15
"Methinks thou doth protest too much" is pretty good intel when your hand's just that far from the cookie jar and there's a trail of crumbs
 
BaalsTears
#16
Can the Canadian Govt. prove the allegations against the PRC? If so, let's see the evidence.
 
Sons of Liberty
+1
#17
Just ignore the Chinese, it pisses them off beyond measure.
 

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