Top in­ter­net reg­u­la­tor maps out cy­ber­se­cu­rity strat­egy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The top in­ter­net reg­u­la­tor has mapped out a na­tional se­cu­rity strat­egy, aim­ing to safe­guard cy­berspace sovereignty, se­cu­rity and in­ter­ests of cy­berspace de­vel­op­ment.

The gov­ern­ment will strive to build a peace­ful, se­cure, open, co­op­er­a­tive and or­derly cy­berspace, ac­cord­ing to the strat­egy is­sued by the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China on Tues­day.

It said the gov­ern­ment will firmly safe­guard cy­berspace sovereignty and na­tional se­cu­rity, pro­tect key in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture and crack down on cy­bert­er­ror and cy­ber­crime.

Wang Xi­u­jun, deputy head of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the doc­u­ment pro­vides a guide­line for the na­tion’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity work.

She said the work will ad­dress nine as­pects, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and crack­ing down on cy­bert­er­ror and cy­ber­crime.

The doc­u­ment un­der­scores the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing key in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture and states that an ap­praisal of such in­fra­struc­ture should be in place be­fore it is put into use.

Web­sites of gov­ern­ments and the Com­mu­nist Party of China have been asked to step up pre­ven­tion of cy­berspace risks.

The doc­u­ment also states that in­ter­net fraud, in­fringe­ment on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and theft of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion are preva­lent. It states that such crimes should be met with tough pun­ish­ments.

In the first 11 months of the year, 93,000 cases in­volv­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­net fraud were un­cov­ered, in­volv­ing 52,000 sus­pects, Chen Shiqu, deputy in­spec­tor of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau, said on Tues­day.

He said ma­li­cious com­puter pro­grams, such as a Tro­jan horse, and phish­ing web­sites are still in op­er­a­tion, de­spite the clam­p­down by the po­lice au­thor­i­ties.

“The means of tele­com and in­ter­net fraud have been up­graded, which re­quires united ef­forts from all parts of so­ci­ety to root out and crack down on such scams,” Chen said.

Na­tional ef­forts have been made to tighten the man­age­ment of cy­berspace and fight against tele­com and in­ter­net fraud.

Last month, the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the top leg­is­la­ture, the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, adopted the coun­try’s first cy­ber­se­cu­rity law, stip­u­lat­ing that the gov­ern­ment will take mea­sures to “mon­i­tor, de­fend and han­dle cy­ber­se­cu­rity risks and threats orig­i­nat­ing from within the coun­try or over­seas sources, pro­tect­ing key in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture from at­tack, in­tru­sion, dis­tur­bance and dam­age”.

In June last year, a joint work­ing group in­volv­ing 23 cen­tral gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and the Peo­ple’s Bank of China, was set up to clamp down on tele­com and in­ter­net fraud.

The means of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­net fraud have been up­graded, which re­quires united ef­forts ... to root out and crack down on such scams.” Chen Shiqu, deputy in­spec­tor of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau

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