Internet servers hit by malware attack
China’s Internet infrastructure is extremely vulnerable to overseas cyber attacks, experts warned after a server malfunction redirected a large number of requests to wrong pages for days.
The country has seen an increasing number of attacks targeting key Internet infrastructure, government bodies and influential industrial organizations, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center, a nongovernmental agency that monitors China’s Internet safety.
Four days before the agency issued its warning, Internet users on the Chinese mainland were finding it difficult to access a large number of websites that allow visitors to log in using Facebook accounts. Access to the affected sites was restored by Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, the center said the redirection was caused because some of the servers in China were “contaminated” by malware from overseas servers.