(Bloomberg) -- Two Hong Hong government agencies have come under attack from cyberspies originating in China in the month leading up to Sunday’s legislative elections, according to a U.S. cybersecurity firm.

On at least three occasions in early August, the China-based group APT 3 targeted the organizations with “spear-phishing” attacks, in which e-mails with malicious links and attachments containing malware are used to access computer networks, said John Watters, president of iSIGHT, a unit of FireEye Inc. He said the hacks were “certainly” politically motivated, based on their targets.

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