By Kim Zetter
February 24, 2009
The head of the internet monitoring department of Beijing's Municipal
Public Security Bureau was arrested on suspicion of taking more than RMB
40 million ($5.8 million) in bribes to help an anti-virus company defeat
Yu Bing, whose bureau monitors e-mail and web usage in the country as
part of China's Great Firewall surveillance system, is accused of taking
money from Rising, an anti-virus firm, to frame an executive at its
competitor, Micropoint Technology. A vice president of Rising has been
arrested as well under suspicion of bribing Yu.
Yu and fellow police officers allegedly manufactured evidence against
Micropoint Vice President Tian Yakui proving that he spread computer
viruses and broke into a computer system to steal trade secrets. Tian
reportedly spent 11 months in prison on the charges, and Micropoint
encountered three years of obstacles to launch its anti-virus software.
Tian was targeted apparently because he was a former vice president at
Rising who left the company with Rising's former managing director to
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