Canada unmasks Chinese spy network

Researchers at the University of Toronto traced pieces of malicious code found on more than 1,200 computers worldwide and discovered that it originated from China.

The Globe and Mail reported that the software had tapped into top secret documents from governments in 103 countries. Most troubling was the discovery of said software on the computers of Tibetan exiles, leading to the presumption that a goal of this spy campaign was to acquire information regarding the Dalai Lama.

The spy network, dubbed "GhostNet" was uncovered by Canadian researches at the Munk Institute for International Studies in the University of Toronto.

The researchers have notified international intelligence agencies and it is presumed that further investigation is being undertaken.

The Canadian researcher responsible, a Mr. Villeneuve, was sifting through approximately 1GB of indiscernable characters when he decided to paste them into Google. Upon doing so, it is reported that such action led him to one of the machines responsible for the malicious code. Upon changing a character within the code, he stumbled upon another server, in another country and so on and so forth.

The publication of the research paper can be found on Scribd.

The Chinese government has stated that it is as much against cyber-terrorism as everyone else, and has not sanctioned any such operations.

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How does U of T's demographics have anything to do with this research?

(And it's not "mostly." There's a mix of everyone down here.)

They found the malicious software on the computers of Tibetan exiles. China simply wants to "spy" on those exiles. It's not like they're watching what the average non-Tibetan does. For now, they could care about more important things like their economy, military strength, and so called 'cyber-terrorism'.

another good example of this is when FBI agents went to India to investigate the hotel bombing (in mumbai) , they were all searched, all their equpment was looked at and photographed, etc.
Why?

Because India had to _call_ in FBI agents from US to help them, which is an embarassment for them and thus, they learn all the tools and tricks FBI uses so in the future they can do it themselves and 'develop' This is the same principle countries like China use, they want your information, your way of doing things so they can do it as well.

Wait..... China is in the frame.

Soon China will expose all the other countries that do exactly what they allegedly have done.

I still do not understand why government offices allow machines with sensitive data upon them to have network access.


Politicians make me sick, all parties are all the same behind closed doors humping one nation or the next for this or that. Argh.. can't trust the governments.

GhostNet? Please.. we all know it's real name is SkyNet. Always knew the chinese loved their robots. Wait a tick.. maybe thats the Japanese.. Ah well, that's beside the point, DEATH TO THE INFIDELS! wait no.. That's the middle east.. This conspiracy goes deeper than I thought....

a)They (the canadians guys) found a couple of spywares, trojan and virus in pro-Tibetan computer.
b)Then, they found that many spywares will try to connect to China... (also Russia, Germany,Nigeria and USA but those are irrelevant). Neither antivirus or firewall is able to detect it.
c)So, we can conclude that :
China hate tibetans -> then -> China put cyber spy into Tibetan computer.
d)...
e)Profit!!

Is funny how a clueless bigot can mislead a complete study, or how a lousy teacher is able to (supposedly) spend millions of dollar in a international field investigation.

i was going to reply until i saw this post , and yes its incredable that several Media dont even blame the Chinese , they only say that several countries were attacked

and to be honest I dont think that mr Dalai Lama is more important than several of those countries.

What happened was that the Tibetan "governmant" requested them ( The Canadians ) to verify if their pcs were safe

whats even funnier is that the Canadians do say this

The research group said while its analysis points to China as the main source of the network, it has not conclusively been able to detect the exact identity or motivation of the hackers.

They do not say it was CHINA , the Media does use them because ofc it sells , read the report

its like me being in vacations in the USA hack something in Mother Russia and bam , the US is hacking Russia OMG

ah ... the spying game ... nothing any other countries in the world is not doing right now.

but ... you can always tell ... the whistle blowers and its friends are usually the ones who are loosing the game they themselves started ...

It's obviously China, and there is nothing we can do to penalize them or even make them admit it. Case closed.

Are you people kidding? On this subject maybe china and america are alike, but thats it. Last i checked china did not believe in human rights, free speech, etc. etc. Please make some sense people.

Every nation on earth has some kind of territorial integrity/ ambitions to maintain and they all also have intelligence networks to some extent that spy on other countries. If the country you're living in has none of those... it probably won't be a country for much longer

Bang on. Everyone does it, just China got caught out. In the modern age, information is power so everyone will be trying to get as much as they can to keep on top

i don't understand what is so wrong with the chinese here? if you can say that the US hasn't hacked the chinese servers ever, then i'll give you what you've said. perphapes think a little more before commenting? like NOSE NUGGETS said, this is just modern politics.

China has evil intensions. They want Taiwan back, they want to compete with younger gymnists, they want other nations military secrets. If the United States were not in so much debt with China maybe they could stand up to them a bit more. I think China has the capabilities to be a rather intransigent nation.

The Chinese government is just kidding themselves when they deny they had anything to do with these malicious acts. I would hope no one would actually believe them. Sadly, any civilized government has to pretend to believe them and move on....

first off, every nation wants the military secrets of every other nation. that's just the nature of secrets. but, if you think the American government isent just as, or more, two faced then this; you should read more. if we have so much money from China we should have plenty of resources to 'stand up to them', right? Look, this is just the nature of modern politics. its all say one thing and do the exact opposit. do you think America is really the golden good guy? we have overthrown the governments of countless sovereign nations. untill BIG changes are made, this kind of crap is merely par for the course.

Intelman said,
China has evil intensions. They want Taiwan back, they want to compete with younger gymnists, they want other nations military secrets. If the United States were not in so much debt with China maybe they could stand up to them a bit more. I think China has the capabilities to be a rather intransigent nation.

The Chinese government is just kidding themselves when they deny they had anything to do with these malicious acts. I would hope no one would actually believe them. Sadly, any civilized government has to pretend to believe them and move on....


There is nothing that China is doing that the US has not done or that Russia has not done when it was still a superpower. Intelman...maybe you should study and read about what the CIA has done or the KGB etc...

MistaT40 said,
There is nothing that China is doing that the US has not done or that Russia has not done when it was still a superpower. Intelman...maybe you should study and read about what the CIA has done or the KGB etc...


I am aware of Mkulta...etc. I know what the US has done. But China is different, they thumb their nose at everyone, having mobile execution vans and all.

Xerxes said,
:rolleyes: you seem to forget every other country does this too, just China got caught out that is all. Nothing special.

This is exactly right. Its only a big deal because secrets are made to stay that way. Intelligence agencies are working when they aren't talked about.

Intelman said,
...But China is different, they thumb their nose at everyone, having mobile execution vans and all.

How's that different from the U.S involvement in every war in modern history or bailing out every conceivable failing companies? Plz don't tell me what you know about the CIA has done because if you did, you're going to be sitting in gitmo blogging this...but then maybe you are.