Users redirected to Chinese governments main page; defence ministry investigating but identity of hackers is unknown
The Canadian armed forces recruitment website was hacked on Thursday, redirecting would-be recruits to the Chinese governments main page instead, a military spokeswoman said.
Visitors to the home page found themselves on the www.gov.cn site instead, CTV television reported. The armed forces quickly took down the page.
A defence ministry spokeswoman, Ashley Lemire, confirmed the site had been hacked. She said the military was investigating the incident but did not know who was responsible.
Canadian security officials have long complained about what they say are frequent attempts by foreign hackers to penetrate secure government computer systems.
In 2014, Canadas then Conservative government took the unusual step of singling out Chinese-based hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing.
Canadas Liberal government, which took power a year ago, is trying to boost trade relations with China.