Canadians find vast computer spy network – report

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Canadian researchers have  uncovered a vast electronic spying operation that infiltrated  computers and stole documents from government and private  offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama,  The New York Times reported on Saturday.

In a report provided to the newspaper, a team from the Munk  Center for International Studies in Toronto said at least 1,295  computers in 103 countries had been breached in less than two  years by the spy system, which it dubbed GhostNet.

Embassies, foreign ministries, government offices and the  Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London  and New York were among those infiltrated, said the  researchers, who have detected computer espionage in the past.
They found no evidence U.S. government offices were  breached.

The researchers concluded that computers based almost  exclusively in China were responsible for the intrusions,  although they stopped short of saying the Chinese government  was involved in the system, which they described as still  active.

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