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Chinese hackers hit 27 universities in US, Canada: Report

IANS  |  Washington 

Chinese hackers have targetted over two dozen universities in the US and in an apparent bid to steal key maritime military research, has reported.

In all 27 universities -- including the University of Hawaii, the University of Washington, Penn State and and -- were found to have been hit by the hackers, according to a report by cyber security firm which was accessed by The WSJ.

Some universities in and were also targeted. All the universities targeted either studied or had faculty with relevant backgrounds.

"The hackers sent universities spear phishing emails doctored to appear as if they came from partner universities, but they unleashed a malicious payload when opened," the report mentioned.

"The Department of the recognises the serious nature of evolving cyber threats and continuously bolsters the department's cybersecurity culture and awareness, along with our cyber defences and capabilities," told in a statement.

The report comes at a time when the has announced that an extradition hearing for Huawei's Meng Wanzhou, who accused of helping the Chinese dodge American sanctions on Iran, can move forward.

Wanzhou has sued the Canadian government, the and the country's border agency, alleging "serious breaches of her constitutional rights" when she was detained, searched and interrogated at the last December.

is the world's biggest and a key in the rollout of next-generation

The US is pressuring its allies to limit Huawei's dream of rolling out in 5G networks, saying it poses a national security threat.

The has also indicted and Wanzhou on charges of and sanctions evasion.



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First Published: Wed, March 06 2019. 10:40 IST