Major cyber spy network uncovered

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    Page last updated at 17:33 GMT, Sunday, 29 March 2009 18:33 UK
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    Major cyber spy network uncovered
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    There is no conclusive evidence of Chinese government involvement

    An electronic spy network, based mainly in China, has infiltrated computers from government offices around the world, Canadian researchers say.

    They said the network had infiltrated 1,295 computers in 103 countries.

    They included computers belonging to foreign ministries and embassies and those linked with the Dalai Lama - Tibet's spiritual leader.

    There is no conclusive evidence China's government was behind it, researchers say. Beijing also denied involvement.

    The report, Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network, comes after a 10-month investigation by the Information Warfare Monitor (IWM), which comprises researchers from Ottawa-based think tank SecDev Group and the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies.

    They were acting on a request from the Tibetan spiritual leader's office to check whether the computers of his Tibetan exile network had been infiltrated.

    Researchers found that ministries of foreign affairs of Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Barbados and Bhutan appear to had been targeted.

    Hacked systems were also discovered in the embassies of India, South Korea, Indonesia, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, Germany and Pakistan.

    Analysts say the attacks are in effect industrial espionage, with hackers showing an interest in the activities of lawmakers and major companies.

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