By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter
10 June 2009
Every PC in China could be at risk of being taken over by malicious
hackers because of flaws in compulsory government software.
The potential faults were brought to light by Chinese computer experts
who said the flaw could lead to a "large-scale disaster".
The Chinese government has mandated that all computers in the country
must have the screening software installed.
It is intended to filter out offensive material from the net.
The Chinese government said that the Green Dam Youth Escort software, as
it is known, was intended to push forward the "healthy development of
the internet" and "effectively manage harmful material for the public
and prevent it from being spread."
"We found a series of software flaws," explained Isaac Mao, a blogger
and social entrepreneur in China, as well as a research fellow at
Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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