3 million gov't websites assailed by vicious hidden links

13:36, September 26, 2010      

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Shen Yang, a doctorial tutor at School of Information Management under Wuhan University, showed reporters on Sept. 22 at his office that there are some vicious hidden links among some government-run Web sites with domain names ending in "gov.cn," such as those linking to the "latest information on the Hong Kong Jockey Club" and "how to buy Mark Six" Web pages, according to a report by Changjiang Daily.

"These are hidden link attacks," said Shen. "Certain text is invisible for normal online browsing and they have links to illegal Web pages containing pornographic, gambling and fraudulent items and political content."

Some educational websites have also become targets. There is a link to the "Hong Kong Jockey Club – Predicting thr results of Mark Six" on the website of one of China's outstanding universities and there is a "mobile phone bugging device" link on the website of a communication school of a Chongqing-based university.

According to the data on hidden link attacks on government websites collected by Shen, more than 10 percent of China's more than 30 million government websites are under hidden links attacks.

Hackers can willfully change the Web pages at websites just like posting ads on the walls of other people's living rooms. Some hackers even sell the rights to access website servers.

"These rights can be priced at only 50 yuan, but hackers can still generate enormous profits if they sell tens of thousands of such rights," Shen said.

It is known that much of the domestic security software has not been able to detect hidden links.

By People's Daily Online


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