Editor: Mu Xuequan
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua)-- China will issue new judicial rules
governing sentencing standards for cyber attack crimes by the end of
this year, an official of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) told
China has become a major victim of online crimes such as hacker attacks,
with eight out of every ten computers in the country having suffered
botnet attacks, said Gu Jian, vice director of the Internet security
bureau of the MPS.
Botnet is a network of computers that have had malicious software
installed in them and are under the control of criminals, while the
owners of the computers remain unaware of the computer hacking.
China criminalized attacks on computer systems in 1997, and made
specific provisions on hacker attacks, such as outlawing the illegal
control of another computer, in its seventh amendment to the Criminal
Law in 2009.
In most botnet cases in China, the controllers were found to be located
abroad, Gu said.
Moreover, more than 80 percent of the cyber attacks targeting websites
of China's government agencies came from overseas, Gu said.
Gu called for more international cooperation in fighting transnational
online crimes at the fourth U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum which
concluded Tuesday in Beijing.
At the forum, China and the U.S. agreed to strengthen international law
enforcement in combating cyber crimes, improve international cooperation
mechanisms in this regard, and enhance communication on fighting cyber
In addition to cyber attacks, other kinds of major online crimes
included online pornography, online gambling and online fraud, Gu added.
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