The two hackers charged in the United States and linked, according to Washington, to the government of Beijing, launched cyberattacks in 2016 against Canadian private companies, said Thursday the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale.
“We are aware that there have been intrusions” into corporate computer systems, “but, to the best of my knowledge, no specific losses,” Goodale said at a news conference.
The minister refused to disclose the number or names of the companies that were the victims of these cyber attacks, but said that, to his knowledge, no department had been targeted.
The United States announced on Thursday the indictment of two Chinese, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, who are accused of conducting cyberattacks against 12 countries.
“We are working with our allies who have been affected by these events,” said Mr. Goodale. In Canada, “as soon as the authorities saw intrusions, our agencies took every step to inform potential victims and provide them with support and advice for their protection and that of their clients,” he said. added.
“Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges of our time,” said the minister.
The US justice has said that these “hackers associated with the Chinese government” are notably prosecuted for “criminal conspiracy” to commit intrusions and computer fraud.
According to the indictment, the two men are part of a group known as APT 10, which operates from China in coordination with the Ministry of State Security.
From 2006 to 2018, this group led a “worldwide intrusion into computers” campaign to steal confidential data and trade secrets from dozens of companies in 12 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, Canada or the United Kingdom.
They specifically targeted service companies specializing in the remote management of the IT services of other companies or organizations – the Managed Service Provider (MSP). Among their victims are a global financial institution, three telecommunications companies, a supplier of auto parts.