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Canada Shuts off Internet Access After China-Based Cyber Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(OTTAWA, Canada) -- Officials in Canada have traced a cyber-attack on government servers to China-based computer servers, forcing several agencies to cut Internet access to protect secret files, reports the BBC.

Cyber-security agents say the hackers had gained access to secret data, specifically in a security breach of a civil agency of the national defense department.

The breach forced both the Treasury Board and the finance department to cut Internet access.

Officials in Beijing Thursday denied any involvement in the attacks, which were first discovered in January. Canadian officials are working to determine whether the attacks actually originated in China, or if they were routed though the country.

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