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TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government says Chinese hackers have infiltrated the computer systems of the country’s top research and development organization.

Canada’s Treasury Board said Tuesday a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” hacked into the National Research Council, which partners its scientists, engineers and business experts with private industry to bring new technologies to market.

Adam Hodge, a spokesman for Canadian foreign minister John Baird, said Baird discussed the matter with his counterpart while in Beijing on Tuesday and had a “full and rank exchange of views on the matter.” Baird is in Asia on a trade mission.

Canada says NRC’s computers have been isolated from the rest of the government’s systems as a precaution. The government says one of Canada’s spy agencies, the Communications Security Establishment, detected and confirmed the cyberattack.

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