Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Wednesday, February 06, 2002
China's Cyber Police Detain Teenage Hacker
Chinese cyber police have detained a 17-year-old suspect following an Internet offense and closed his website. Police in Heilongjiang Province, northeast China, say the amended law states an Internet offender can be penalized by up to five years in prison.
Chinese cyber police have detained a 17-year-old suspect following an Internet offense and closed his website.
Police in Heilongjiang Province, northeast China, say the amended law states an Internet offender can be penalized by up to five years in prison.
The suspect Chi Yongshu is a high school student in Qitaihe, a city in the east of Heilongjiang. He admits stealing data, spreading a computer virus and carrying out illegal deals.
Local police say records show Chi's website, www.cnhunk.com, has caused damage to computers of over 110,000 Internet users since last December.
Chi, who compiled a homepage in August 2001, said he linked his website to a program with devastating codes, which make computers breakdown and lose data whenever an Internet user logs onto the webpage.
Chi has also violated others' privacy by deciphering over 5,000 icq numbers and their passwords.
In addition, Chi has made 2,950 yuan (355 U.S. dollars) by cheating at game websites.
Internet crimes in China
Sources with the Information Security Supervision Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security said, in recent years occasionally Internet crimes have caused damages to the computers of government, businesses, commercial websites and Internet users.
Police said they will make further efforts to curb Internet crimes, but also warn users not to use pirated security products.
The number of China's web users had increased to over 33.7 million by the end of 2001.
A 36-year old hacker was sentenced to death in Hangzhou recently by the Ningbo Intermediate Court in east China's Zhejiang Province for embezzling over one million yuan (US$120,000) of public money from a bank account.