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Overseas cyber attacks against China surge in 2011

By Zhang Baoshu (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:46, March 22, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Dalily Online

Overseas cyber-attacks on China surged in 2011, with online banking and industrial control systems being major victims, according to a network security report released by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC) on March 19. The number of malware-caused security incidents involving mobile phones also increased.

U.S. is top source of cyber attacks on China

The CNCERT/CC cited statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as saying that about 65 percent of domain names used for embedding Trojan horses, phishing, and other illegal cyber activity in 2011 were registered overseas.

A total of 3,300 Internet Protocol addresses (IPs) in the united Sates exercise control over 3,400 websites in China through backdoor software, making the United States the biggest source of cyber attacks on China.

The CNCERT/CC also detected and solved many distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from overseas IPs on Chinese websites and systems. “This shows China is facing increasing overseas cyber threats,” said Zhou Yonglin, director of operations at the CNCERT/CC.

Rise in threats to online banking and industrial control systems

According the report, the China National Vulnerability Database (CNVD) added more than 100 software vulnerabilities of wide concern to the country’s industrial control systems in 2011, nearly 10 times the number of software vulnerabilities found in 2010.
to effectively solve cross-border network security incidents.

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