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Firearms sold on cyberspace (2)

(Global Times)

10:14, October 24, 2012

"The crackdown on online gun sales is positive as authorities have become familiar with the new methods of the illegal firearms trade," Lü Benfu, an expert on Internet security with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the Global Times.

The Ministry of Public Security launched a campaign on September 25 with 29 provincial police departments to contain the sale of firearm online.

More than 530 suspects have been arrested in the campaign, and over 1,000 guns and 10,000 bullets confiscated during this crackdown.

In June, local police in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, arrested 1,700 suspects who sold about 2,000 guns online to 32 regions in the country.

However, experts advised that more work needs to be done to fight cyber crime.

"The current Criminal Law defines cyber crime only vaguely and leaves loopholes in handing out harsh punishment," Liu said, adding that more detailed regulations are needed.

Lü said that China needs to improve its ability to detect cyber crime by learning from successful experiences in foreign countries.

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