High-techMi­crosoft eyes tools huge to fight po­ten­tial fraud­stersin China’s ris­ing cloud mar­ket

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn By FAN­FEIFEI fan­feifei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The deaths of two young peo­ple who were scammed by Mi­crosoft tele­com fraud­ster­sCorp will is in­crease pro­vid­ing in­vest­ment­greater ur­gen­cyin China’s for com­put­er­cloud com­put­ing ex­perts meet­ing­mar­ket andin Wuhan­the scale for of its Cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty­cloud plat­form Week. Mi­crosoft Azure will A grow se­nior at of­fi­cial­least ten­fold called onin China Chi­ne­sein the in­ter­net­next fewyears, en­ter­pris­esa top ex­ec­u­tiveto fight hard­erin charge again­stof the com­pany’st­ele­com cloud scams ser­vice through­said onWed­nes­day.greater tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.“China re­gards tech­no­log­i­cal While in­no­va­tion warningas a users im­por­tant is im­por­tant, driv­ing it sourcealso is cru­cial­for de­vel­op­ment,that there which are let moreus see tech­ni­cal China’s safe­guards,huge mar­ket “as po­ten­tialthey can for bet­terthe cloud com­bat­busi­ness,” on­line said crimes, Scott in­clud­ingGuthrie, ex­ec­u­tivet­ele­com fraud vice-pres­i­den­tand theft of of Mi­crosoft pri­vacy”, said cloud Liu and Yun­shan,en­ter­prise a mem­ber­group onWed­nes­day.of the Stand­ing Com­mit­teeThe com­pa­nyof the launched Po­lit­i­cal more Bureau than of 10 the new Com­mu­nist­ser­vices and Party func­tion­sof China in­clud­ing Cen­tral im­age Com­mit­tee. recog­ni­tion and in­ter­net Li­uof things spoke (IoT)at the ca­pa­bil­i­ties open­ing on cer­e­mony Mi­crosoft for the Azure event,by team­ingheld by up the with Cy­berspaceBei­jing­based Ad­min­is­tra­tiondata in­fras­truc­tureof China, providerthe coun­try’s 21Vianet­top in­ter­netGroup Inc. watch­dog, in the cap­i­tal of Hubei“We will prov­ince. work to­gether with Liu, lo­cal who part­ner­sis also to deputy­de­velop head cus­tomizedof the Cen­tral­cloud ser­vices In­ter­net and Se­cu­rity user-ex­pe­ri­ence­sand In­forma­ti­za­tionin China,” said Lead­ing Sa­muel Group,Shen, chair­man en­cour­agedof Mi­crosoft tech­nol­o­gyAsi­aPa­cific com­pa­nies Tech­nol­o­gyto be in­no­va­tiveCom­pany Ltd. and brain­storm, adding that Mi­crosoft­the gov­ern­men­tAzure, which will cov­ers sup­port 34 re­gion­s­them and around “gov­ern­the world,the we­bis theby rule fastest of grow­inglaw”. player Zhou in global Hongyi, pub­lic chair­man­cloud of Qi­hoo 360, China’s largest se­cu­rity soft­ware provider, said no one wants more cases like the two tragic deaths in Shan­dong prov­ince, “so it is ur­gent to take more ac­tion”.

In Au­gust, the two young adults in Linyi died af­ter be­ing scammed, caus­ing an out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy and ire from the pub­lic.

Xu Yuyu, 18, who was about to en­ter col­lege, died of a heart at­tack af­ter she was cheated out of 9,900 yuan ($1,490) in a call. The money she lost was what her fi­nan­cially strapped fam­ily had raised for her mar­ket. tu­ition. It now serves more than Song 70,000 Zhen­ning cor­po­rate died­cus­tomers from car­diacin China. ar­rest,Its us­age five amount­days af­ter and be­ing rev­enue swin­dledin China out haveof 2,000 had yuan, triple-dig­ithis liv­ing growth ex­pens­es­last year. at col­lege for three Fur­ther­more,months. Mi­crosoft is now Crack­down­scar­ry­ing out and strate­gic mea­sures co­op­er­a­tion against with tele­comChina Daily fraud joint­ly­have beento build heat­ed­lyup a global dis­cussed me­dia by cloud tech­nol­o­gy­plat­form ex­perts and dur­ing in­no­va­tivethe event,tech­nol­ogy which runs lab­o­ra­to­ryto Sun­day. and to pro­mote “We’ve tech­ni­cal de­vel­oped in­no­va­tion sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tion­sand ap­pli­ca­tionto pro­tect theof cloud se­cu­rity com­putin­gof mo­bile and net­works,big data in and the the me­dia most con­ver­gence pop­u­lar one area. helps users block tele­com Ac­cord­ing scams,”to the Zhou re­search said. firm In Gartner Au­gust Inc, alone,the global 360 cloud Phone com­put­ing Guardian in­dus­try helped will users in­creaseto block nearly 3.43 17 bil­lion­per­cent crank to $204 calls, bil­lionof whichthis year 445 and mil­lio­nis ex­pect­ed­were ver­i­fiedto hit $312 tele­com bil­lion frauds,in 2019. Zhou said.

Char­lieThere Dai, have prin­ci­pal­been “great­an­a­lyst achieve­ments”at For­rester Re­searchin work Inc, for toldthe An­droidChina Daily: sys­tem,“The cloudand “we’ve ser­vices de­signed newly and launched pro­vided a by ver­sion Mi­crosoft­for thein China iPhone will sys­tem ex­tend re­cently,”its global he com­pe­tenceadded. into theChi­nese mar­ket,Guo Xun­ping,and it will the fur­ther CEO helpof iJIAMI, Chi­nese spe­cial­izin­gen­ter­prises en­gagein mo­bile cus­tomers se­cu­rity,and ac­cel­er­ate said greater dig­i­tal tech­ni­cal trans­for­ma­tion.” skills are needed in the fight against In­ter­net phone giants and such tex­tas Ama­zon.com­scams. Many Inc’s sys­tems cloud nowu­nit Ama­zon­rely in part Web on Ser­vices­the hu­manand Alibaba el­e­ment. Group’s cloud com­put­ing “Many sub­sidiary ap­pli­ca­tion­sAliyun have against stepped tele­comup ef­forts scam­sto ex­pand­now rely their on cloud mo­bile com­put­ing phone users’ busi­ness re­ports.in China. When a phone num­ber is la­beled as a scam, the ap­pli­ca­tions will put it in its black­list and block it from call­ing oth­ers,” Guo said. “Af­ter all, tech­nol­ogy can­not dis­tin­guish a scam among a huge quan­tity of num­bers by it­self.

“We should spec­ify and up­grade our tech­ni­cal skills to pro­tect mo­bile se­cu­rity,” he said. But he also added that “how to bal­ance se­cu­rity and net­work con­ve­nience also needs to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion”.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

Scott Guthrie, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of Mi­crosoft cloud and en­ter­prise group, at a meet­ing with me­dia on Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing.

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