Nearly 200 Chinese government sites hacked daily

By Wang Zhiyong
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Nearly 200 Chinese government websites are hacked every day, with 80 percent of these cyber attacks coming from abroad, said Gu Jian, vice director of the State Information Center of Network and Information Security of China Ministry of Public Security, at the Fourth U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Beijing on November 9.

"Eight out of ten computers with Internet access in China have experienced attacks by BotNets. A BotNet is a network of computers with Internet access that, although their owners are unaware of it, have been set up to forward spam or viruses to other computers on the Internet.

A report issued earlier this year by China National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT) shows 71 percent of the world's BotNets are located in China. Most of them are controlled by foreign hackers.

As a nation that currently has 440 million internet users, "China is the main victim of online criminals," Gu said.

To combat the trans-border online criminals, China makes great efforts to cooperate with foreign government agencies. "Since 2004, China's public security departments have provided assistance for 41 nations in 721 cyber criminal cases" Gu said.

So far, Chinese police have established bilateral cooperation connections with 30 countries including the United States, the UK and Germany.

However, existing collaborations between governments are far from enough in combating cross-border cyber crime, Gu said.

Delayed response is one of the biggest problems. Since 2009, China's police agents have proposed investigation assistance for 13 cyber crimes to the U.S. FBI, including cases involving fraud bank website and child pornography. But, the Chinese police have received no feedback so far, Gu said.

Seventy percent of police assistance China receives from other countries requires investigation of cases that happen up to six month previous. Chinese law dictates website operators keep online record for just two months. This makes it difficult for Chinese police to prevent online crime, Gu said.

"China and the U.S. have the largest number of Internet users and the largest number of websites. We have broad cooperation prospects in combating online crimes. I sincerely invite American delegates coming to exchange views with us, putting forward more efficient mechanism to combat trans-border cyber crimes," Gu said.

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