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Major hacking syndicate cracked

By Xu Jingxi and Zhang Yan (China Daily)

09:16, July 26, 2012

Luo Pangjie, who played a part in an online hacking gang, is interviewed by reporters at a detention house in Jieyang city, Guangdong province, on Friday. Zou Zhongpin / China Daily

Police in South China have detained a gang of hackers they believe are responsible for attacks on 185 government websites.

Police in Jieyang, Guangdong province, said the case is the biggest of its kind in recent years.

Suspects are accused of invading sites managed by authorities in 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions to help them to make and sell fake professional certificates.

"The gang tampered with official databases or added links to external databases so that if anyone checked up on the fake certificates, the client's name would appear," Chen Xiaoping, head of Jieyang police's cybercrime unit, said at a news conference.

"This caused great damage to the image of the government. Cracking the case has helped restore their reputation," said Xie Yaoqi, director of the public security bureau in Jieyang.

The city's office of personnel and examinations reported an attack on its website on Dec 8, after finding a link had been illegally added.

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