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Canada Budget Not Compromised by Cyberattacks on Government, Flaherty Says

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said concerns about cyberattacks on government websites haven’t affected preparations for next month’s budget.

Flaherty, speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Paris, said there have been some “security concerns” in Canada about cyberattacks. He said it’s an issue of concern for all major economies.

“I can confirm in terms of my own work on the Canadian budget that that has not been compromised,” Flaherty, attending meetings of finance ministers and central bankers from Group of 20 countries, said in the interview today.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that Canada’s government was hit by a cyberattack from Chinese-based computers last month that broke into computer systems at the Finance Department and Treasury Board. As a result of the attack, Internet access in both ministries was cut off, the report said.

Jay Denney, a spokesman for Treasury Board President Stockwell Day, confirmed an “unauthorized attempt” to access its computer networks and said appropriate action has been taken in response to the “significant” threat.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said at a press briefing in Beijing yesterday he had no details on reports that Canada’s government was hit by a cyberattack from Chinese- based computers.

China respects international laws and is “firmly opposed” to hacking or targeting networks of other countries, Ma said. China has itself been a “victim” of such attacks, he said.

“Any report that the Chinese government was in any way involved in the attacks on Canada is a baseless, groundless sheer fabrication,” Ma said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Paris at targitis@bloomberg.net Sara Eisen at seisen2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net

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