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Jul232011

IMF Hacking Scandal Originated in China? The FBI Thinks So

New IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- U.S. officials believe a cyberattack on the International Monetary Fund not only originated in China, but they also conclude it may be linked to the government, according to Financial Times.

Though not commenting on the record, FBI investigators linked China to the hacking within days of the scandal's discovery because of findings related to the programming code used, sources told Financial Times.

An IMF spokesman declined to comment on the FBI's suspicions, while Chinese government officials could not be reached.  

What is notable, is that recently appointed IMF head Christine Lagarde nominated former deputy governor of the Chinese central bank, Zhu Min, to a top management position within the organization, Financial Times reports.

The scandal was revealed in June when the IMF informed employees via email that a security breach had taken place on a computer within IMF's network.

The investigation continues.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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