China ar­rests hun­dreds of hack­ers

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

BEI­JING: China has ar­rested more than 460 hack­ers from start of this year to the end of Novem­ber, but the prospects to pre­vent fu­ture as­saults on com­puter se­cu­rity re­main grim, the min­istry of pub­lic se­cu­rity said. The an­nounce­ment, made late on Mon­day, came a day af­ter a se­ries of leaked U.S. State Depart­ment ca­bles, in­clud­ing one in which an un­named Chi­nese con­tact al­leged that China's Polit­buro di­rected an in­tru­sion into Google's com­puter sys­tems, part of a broader co­or­di­nated cam­paign of com­puter sab­o­tage car­ried out by Chi­nese govern­ment op­er­a­tives, pri­vate se­cu­rity ex­perts and In­ter­net out­laws.

"The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of our crack­down on hacker attacks is still very grim and the num­ber of hacker attacks and sab­o­tage ac­tiv­i­ties in China are still high," an un­named of­fi­cial said in the state­ment.

The min­istry said it had solved 180 cy­ber at­tack cases as of the end of Novem­ber.

A China for­eign min­istry of­fi­cial, who de­clined on Tues­day to com­ment on the Wik­ileaks' dis­clo­sure of the al­le­ga­tions, called on the United States to "ap­pro­pri­ately re­solve re­lated is­sues" con­cern­ing the re­ports. The of­fi­cial did not elab­o­rate. In early Fe­bru­ary, China an­nounced that it has closed what it claims to be the largest hacker train­ing web­site in the coun­try and ar­rested three of its mem­bers, one month af­ter Google Inc threat­ened to quit the coun­try af­ter a se­ri­ous hack­ing at­tempt orig­i­nat­ing from China. China has said re­peat­edly that it does not con­done hack­ing, which re­mains a pop­u­lar hobby in the coun­try with nu­mer­ous web­sites of­fer­ing cheap cour­ses to learn the ba­sics. -Reuters

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