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[ISN] Nortel turned to RCMP about cyber hacking in 2004, ex-employee says
By Iain Marlow
Globe and Mail
Feb. 15, 2012
Nortel Networks Corp. approached the RCMP about Chinese industrial
espionage in 2004 but got no help from Canadian law enforcement or
intelligence agencies, according to a former employee concerned about
the theft of valuable intellectual property.
Brian Shields, a 19-year Nortel veteran who served as a senior systems
security adviser, told The Globe and Mail that the company received
little help from security agencies and was only approached by the
Canadian Security Intelligence Service shortly before Nortel filed for
bankruptcy in 2009.
âThis is a side of the story that, in Canada, needs to be told â the
lack of support from Canadian law enforcement, who we went to in 2004,â
Mr. Shields said. âWe went to the RCMP and turned everything over â
There was no help. CSIS came to us in 2009, finally, five years later,
to offer to help just before the bankruptcy announcement â Like, where
have you guys been?â
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that it found no record of the
Nortel computer hacking complaint but that it would likely have been
âpurgedâ from internal records if the case did not result in charges.
CSIS declined to comment.
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