The attack was discovered by Communications Security Establishment Canada.
In a statement released Tuesday, Charette confirms that while the NRC’s computers operate outside those of the government of Canada as a whole, the council’s IT system has been “isolated” to ensure no other departments are compromised.
For its part, the NRC says in a statement released Tuesday morning that it is now attempting to rebuild its computer infrastructure and this could take as much a year.
The NRC works with private businesses to advance and develop technological innovations through science and research.
The NRC says it has already been in contact with many of its “clients and stakeholders,” but it could take as long as a year to secure the system.