China suffers from hackers too

The Glorious People’s Republic of China is facing a wave of hack attacks from inside its own bamboo curtain.

 

A new report with the catchy title The Internet in China claims that computer crimes in China have been increasing in recent years.

 

The white paper, penned by the Information Office of the Chinese State Council, said that in comparison to other crimes, hacking has become gradually more obvious.

 

“Online fraud, online theft and other forms of crimes which encroach on the property of others are increasing rapidly. Crimes such as producing and spreading computer viruses, and computer and network hacking are increasing,” the report said.

 

China is also suffering from a “crime wave” of offenses which are not considered crimes in other parts of the world, other than Australia and Steve Jobs’s Walled Garden. These include disseminating obscenity, pornography and gambling.

 

According to the paper, public security departments dealt with 142 computer crime cases in 1998, 29,000 in 2007, 35,000 in 2008 and 48,000 in 2009.

 

“China is one of the countries suffering most from hacking. More than 1 million IP addresses in China were controlled from overseas in 2009, 42,000 websites were distorted by hackers, and 18 million Chinese computers were infected by the Conficker virus every month, about 30 percent of the computers infected globally,” said the paper.