Chinese hackers installed malware on National Research Council computers

OTTAWA – Chinese hackers used tempting emails, malware and password theft to worm their way into National Research Council computers in pursuit of valuable scientific and trade secrets, a newly released federal analysis reveals.

The attack, which prompted a shutdown of the government research council’s computer network in July, relied on textbook moves commonly seen in state-sponsored digital assaults, says the case study by the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre.

Highly skilled perpetrators used complex techniques to infiltrate the council and “establish a foothold” within its networks, says the study, released under the Access to Information Act.