Investigators looking into the recent cyber attack on the International Monetary Fund computer system have determined that spies connected to China are behind the breach.
According to Bloomberg, computer specialists spent several weeks piecing together information about the attack and recently completed an inventory of stolen documents, which is titled “operational impact assessment.” The results have not been made public.
Through examination of the attack methods and the electronic trail that was left behind, investigators determined the evidence strongly points to China.
“There are some very big questions about the role that China wants to play in the global economic system and what role it can play given some of its behavior,” C. Fred Bergsten, head of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told Bloomberg.
IMF‘s systems were breached in early June and resulted in the loss of a large amount of data. A senior official for IMF said the cyber attack had occurred over several months and deemed it a “very major breach.”