China Appears to Have Committed “Unprecedented” Cyber-Attack on Canada

February 21, 2011
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via Daily Tech

Its a well known fact that hackers based out of China have been probing and attacking servers of the U.S. government and its contractors. Often these attacks have been mildly successful in stealing quantities of information. Now U.S. neighbor Canada appears to have become the latest victim of Chinese cyber-aggression.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a short statement on Thursday confirming that the government had encountered an “attempt to access” government information by foreign agents. The government would not confirm where that attempt came from or what information may have been stolen.

But sources have told Canada’s leading news network, CBC, that the attacks were traced to servers in China [report]. They add that the attack took at least two major government departmental sites offline and gained highly confidential classified information off government servers.

According to sources, the servers penetrated belonged to Canada’s Finance Department and Treasury Board. Those sources said the attackers stole key passwords (sounds like a phishing scheme) to gain access to the machine. The sources say that the government is unsure whether servers containing Canadian citizens’ tax and health records were compromised.

Story here.