Following what is said to have been a state-sponsored cyber attack originating in China, the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada has shut down its entire computer network.
To make matters worse, the agency has said it could take up to a year to secure its computers.
“We understand that this incident will affect ongoing business operations and every step is being taken to minimize its impact on our clients and stakeholders,” the NRC said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.
The agency supports research and development in the private sector, so its computers often hold information on leading-edge technological advances.
A separate statement issued by the Canadian Government said that the attack was detected and confirmed by one of Canada’s spy agencies and that the intrusion came from ‘a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor’.