By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
May 11, 2009
A year ago, when a Time Magazine reporter told Tan Dailin that he'd been
identified as someone who may have hacked the Pentagon, he gasped and
asked, "Will the FBI send special agents out to arrest me?"
The answer, it turns out, was, "No, the Chinese government will."
Dailin, better known in Chinese hacker circles as Withered Rose, was
reportedly picked up last month in Chengdu, China, by local authorities.
He is now facing seven years in prison under a new Chinese cybercrime
law that was passed in late February.
Although the Western media has been awash with stories of Chinese
hacking for years, cybercrime was until recently governed by three
articles added to China's criminal code in 1997. The laws were
out-of-date and "failed to correlate proportionately with the tremendous
social harm" caused by cybercrime, according to a recent paper on
Chinese cyber-law published in the International Journal of Electronic
Security and Digital Forensics.
"China has made significant progress in cybercrime legislation and is
putting in great efforts to strengthen it," said Man Qi, one of the
paper's co-authors, in an e-mail interview.
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