MacKay presses Chinese minister on cyberattacks

li-mackay-singapore-0452039Defence Minister Peter MacKay said he laid down clear “markers” Monday in talks in Beijing on how to curb cyberattacks originating in China.

MacKay told his counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, that Canada expects China to establish a “greater rapport” with other countries and play by a “rules-based framework” on the internet.

“I did lay down markers with my defence counterpart here in China, made it very clear that this is an issue of real concern to Canada,” MacKay said in a telephone interview from Beijing, where he became the first Western defence minister to hold talks with China’s new defence minister on his home turf.

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Harper not saying what he’s doing about possible Chinese hackers


OTTAWA – Despite recent reports that the Chinese military is hacking Canadian computer systems, Prime Minister Stephen won’t say whether he’ll raise the issue with the Chinese government.

“We are certainly aware of these kinds of security threats and risks that exist,” said Harper while in Saskatoon. “We have professionals who constantly evaluate them and work with partners on addressing them, but beyond that, as I think you know, I never comment publicly on the specifics of national security matters.”

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Canada may bar Huawei from telecom network

CANADA says it has invoked a “national security exception” that could exclude China’s Huawei Technologies from a role in helping build its new super secure government network.

Ottawa announced the move after the US House Intelligence Committee on Monday warned in Washington that equipment supplied by two Chinese firms, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Inc, could be used for spying.

“The government is going to be choosing carefully in the building of this network and it has invoked a national security exception,” said Andrew MacDougall, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Ottawa invoked its “national security exception” to trade agreements in the building of its massive data and telecommunications network.

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Canada ‘at risk’ from Chinese firm, U.S. warns

The head of the powerful U.S. Intelligence Committee is urging Canadian companies not to do business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as a matter of national security.

In a scathing report released Monday in Washington, the congressional committee branded Huawei a threat to U.S. national security, and urged American telecommunications companies using the Chinese firm to “find other vendors.”

The committee concluded that allowing Huawei to help build American networks could potentially be used by Chinese cyber-spies to steal U.S. state and commercial secrets, or even to disrupt everything from electrical power grids to banking systems in a time of conflict.

But in an exclusive interview with CBC News, committee chairman Mike Rogers warns that Canada is equally at risk.

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Canada confirmed that there were two attempts by hackers to target Canadian firms

Reports suggested the attacks came from China, but the Canadian government has declined to comment on such suggestions. 

The attacks come at a sensitive time as Canada’s Conservative government decides on whether to approve the $15.1 billion takeover bid of Canadian oil producer Nexen by China’s CNOOC.

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Hackers infiltrate Calgary-based technology firm

A leading international expert on computer hacking says cyber-attacks are increasingly targeting the heart of Canada’s infrastructure, including oil pipelines and major public utilities.

CBC News has confirmed a recent cyber-attack successfully breached a Calgary-based supplier of control systems for electrical power grids, municipal water systems, public transit operations, and most of Canada’s major oil and gas pipelines.

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CSIS warns business leaders of Chinese cyber-spies

Canada’s intelligence service is warning Canadian businesses about the growing threat of Chinese cyber-spies.

Sources have told CBC News that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is alerting some of the country’s top corporate executives that their companies may be the target of Chinese computer hackers.

In an e-mail, a CSIS spokesperson said the agency can’t comment on specific conversations. But the spokesperson said there is “no denying that Canada is an attractive target for economic and political espionage, owing to our prominence in strategic sectors such communications, biotechnology, mineral and energy extraction, aerospace and others.”

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Cyber Espionage: The Chinese Threat, details of Nortel compromise

Details of cyber intrusion and theft of Nortel Network’s intellectual property dating as far back as 2000.

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