Chinese Government Aims To Tame Hackers - InformationWeek
Business & Finance
04:37 PM
Connect Directly

Chinese Government Aims To Tame Hackers

A Chinese hacker's eight-year prison sentence is one of the toughest ever seen, according to a consultant.

The Chinese government may be getting serious about dealing with hackers.

Representative Chen Wanzhi of the National People's Congress has called for greater control over the hacker economy in order to protect legitimate businesses, according to a translation of a Chinese news article posted on The Dark Visitor, a blog that follows hacking in China.

Chen reportedly considers the network security situation in China to be grim.

On Tuesday, the Shanghai Daily reported that four hackers had been imprisoned for stealing more than $14,000 (100,000 yuan) from online bank accounts using personal information obtained through malware.

Three of the men were sentenced to six-and-a-half to eight years in prison for larceny and fined, according to the Shanghai Daily. The four received a sentence of two-and-a-half years in prison for concealing illegal income.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, said in a statement that the eight-year jail sentence is one of the toughest he has seen in connection with malware. "Spending time in a Chinese jail for such a small reward seems an enormously dangerous gamble for cybercriminals to make," he said. "Sadly we are seeing more and more malware emerging from China, much of it designed to steal information from unsuspecting computer users. The advice for consumers and businesses remains to secure their computers with tight defenses."

CNCERT statistics indicate that China saw 21 times as many trojans in the first half of 2007 as it did in all of 2006, according to The Dark Visitor.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll