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Hackers Not Linked to China's Government, Researcher Says

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University of Toronto researcher Nart Villeneuve

University of Toronto researcher Nart Villeneuve says no hard evidence has been uncovered that links the hacker attacks to the Chinese government.

Credit: Nadine Robitaille / International Development Research Centre

China-based hackers who stole data on India's missile systems, private correspondence of the Dalai Lama and Canadian visa applications appear not to be linked to the Chinese government, Canadian researchers say.

"I don't doubt that some of the sensitive information that was acquired might eventually find its way to elements within the Chinese government that may find it useful," says Nart Villeneuve, one of the University of Toronto researchers who took part in the investigation that uncovered the hackers. "But I don't think that there's any direct connection between the attackers and the government, at least at this time."

Villeneuve says it's "very unclear what the relationship is between any of these particular hacking groups and any specific element of the Chinese government."

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