China's cyber security under severe threat: report
BEIJING, Mar 19, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's cyber security has come under
increasingly severe threats amid a variety of safety risks, according
to a report released Tuesday by a national computer monitoring
Hackers tampered with 16,388 web pages in China -- including 1,802
government websites -- in the past year, up 6.1 percent and 21.4
percent year on year respectively, a National Computer Network
Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center (CNCERT) report
In 2012, around 73,000 overseas Internet Protocol (IP) addresses
were involved in hijacking nearly 14.2 million mainframes in China
via Trojan or Botnet, with the United States being the largest source
of such hacking activities.
The CNCERT said it monitored 22,308 phishing websites targeting
China's growing online population last year, which has grown to 564
Up to 96.2 percent of the phishing websites are running on foreign
severs, with U.S.-based sites accounting for 83.2 percent of them,
according to the report.
Zhou Yonglin, a CNCERT official, noted that new security risks
will gradually emerge with the application of new technologies such
as cloud computing, complicating the center's efforts to trace cyber
He urged the country's related institutions to pool research
efforts to enhance cyber security protection.
While China itself is a victim of cyber crimes, the country has
recently come under frequent criticisms from other countries,
including the United States, which claimed the Chinese government was
behind some hacking activities targeting their countries.
Reiterating China's stance of opposing any forms of hacking,
China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week the
country hopes to discuss the issue with the Unites States and called
for the international community to join efforts to fight hacking.
"China resolutely opposes hacking of any form and would like to
communicate with the United States on cyberspace security in a
constructive way," she said.
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