Apr 06 2008

China, one of the largest victims of spyware attacks in the world

Published by at 8:52 pm under Uncategorized

In my opinion, it is always important to see how the other guy views the world. Hardly a day goes by that Chinese hackers don’t make the Western news, which is usually accompanied by wild speculation on Beijing’s tacit or active involvement. Well, what happens in China and do they suffer similar attacks?

From an article in the People’s Liberation Army News that comes via Xinhua. In 2005, the CNCERT Processing and Coordination Center found that China had over 220,000 attacks from outside sources. The top offenders attacking China were:

  1. The US with 40% of attacks
  2. Japan with 11% of attacks
  3. Taiwan with 10% of attacks
  4. South Korea with 8% of attacks

It was also discovered that the main source of 27,000 Trojan horse attacks, came from the US, South Korea and Taiwan. The US, South Korea and Taiwan were also mainly responsible for 16,000 IPs that were controlling zombie nets inside China.

China further had 24,477 web pages that had been tampered with and among those, 3,831 were Chinese government websites.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “China, one of the largest victims of spyware attacks in the world”

  1. Eastwoodon 06 Apr 2008 at 10:51 pm

    tsk tsk… there’s always both sides of the story eh

  2. Eastwoodon 08 Apr 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Speaking of both sides of the story… I was wondering. Heike, jumper, all the rest of the readers on the blog: what are your personal views of the tibet situation?

  3. Heikeon 08 Apr 2008 at 10:09 pm


    Personally, I’m not into the politics of the situation, except for the involvement of Chinese hackers.

    Also, there are a lot of other blogs out there that do a better job of discussing this subject. In other words, they probably know something about it.

    As a rule though, I don’t mind expounding on things I know very little about but this time I’ll just keep my mouth shut. :)

  4. jumperon 08 Apr 2008 at 11:00 pm


    I think Heike and I are in agreement that this blog should remain focused on one subject (the six golden flowers… :) ). Not that I don’t have an opinion or a personal view, I just don’t want to start any sort of flame wars on this blog. There are plenty of other sites for that.

    However, I would very much like to set up an anti-xinhua forum to counter the anti-cnn site in China. Not really because I want to defend cnn or attack xinhua but because I know it would get attacked a lot and there would probably be some interesting data to collect on web attacks. Then again, it would probably get GFW’d within five minutes of the domain name registration.

  5. Heikeon 08 Apr 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Wow! Did you post this reply before or after the article on anti-cnn.com? I swear I didn’t see this when I went to write the post.