Canada hit by hackers believed backed by secretive Chinese government unit

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Canada is among the countries that has been targeted by a sophisticated hacking group believed to be backed by a secretive unit of the Chinese government, according to a report released Tuesday by an American computer security firm.

The report by Mandiant identified the hackers, known collectively as APT1, as “one of the most prolific cyber-espionage groups” and suggested they were supported by Shanghai-based Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army.

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