By Rosalie Marshall
01 Feb 2010
MI5 has warned UK companies that the Chinese government may have gained
access to their computers with the intention of remotely monitoring
their online activities.
A leaked document seen by The Sunday Times claims that Chinese security
officials have been offering free computer devices that contain Trojan
software to high profile business users in the banking, defence and
The devices include camera equipment and USB memory sticks that have
been given out at trade events.
Business users in public relations companies and law firms are also
thought to have been targeted.
A call to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills referred
queries on the matter to the Cabinet Office, which said that it would
not discuss leaked documents and could not offer any further
clarification on whether businesses should be worried about the alleged
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