The government of Canada is reacting to the news that Canadian companies were the target of two Chinese hackers who were recently discovered.
Minister for public Safety Ralph Goodale said he is unable to disclose who was hacked, as well as the amount of businesses that were hacked.
“If they wish to comment on their circumstances they are entitled to do so, but the government of Canada is not in a position to identify those companies unless those companies themselves, for their own commercial confidentiality reasons, provide permission to do that.”
Goodale said this is an entirely separate incident from the Canadians being detained in China.
“The situation that we are dealing with today in terms of cyber security was first detected going back to 2016,” Goodale said. “We have been taking the appropriate steps with the private sector ever since then to make sure Canadian systems and Canadian companies are properly protected.”
Goodale also spoke about Canadians being held in Chinese custody, saying he cannot confirm that a total of 200 are being held at this time.
“Whenever a Canadian is in distress overseas, Canada’s consular services click into immediate action to provide them will all the kinds of support that they possibly can and ensure their safety and the proper treatment of them.”
Goodale adds that the Canadian government, including the military, were not affected in the hacking.