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China slams Canada hacking allegation

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China has denounced as baseless a recent allegation by Canada that Beijing had been involved in hacking a Canadian major computer network.

Earlier this week, officials in Canada said Chinese hackers had recently broken into the National Research Council, which is Canada's leading research body and works with major companies.

China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Beijing opposes any hacking activity and expressed its outrage at Ottawa for making the allegation.

"The Canadian side, while lacking credible evidence, offered criticism for no reason. This is irresponsible and China is resolutely opposed to this," the ministry said in the statement on its website, adding, "We urge the Canadian side to correct its mistake, stop criticizing China for no reason, and dispel the negative effects that have come from this."

The statement came after the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa rejected the allegation as groundless on Tuesday.

"The Chinese government has always firmly opposed to and combated cyber attacks in accordance with the law. In fact, China is a major victim of cyber attacks," Yang Yundong, a spokesman for the embassy, said in a statement released on Tuesday.

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