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Surge in Cyber Attacks on China from Overseas

Cyber attack on China from overseas swelled in 2011, accounting to 8.9 Million computers from 5 Million during 2010, as per a report released by the technical team and coordinating center of China's National Computer, as per report in straitstimes on March 20, 2012.

The report discovered 11,851 IP addresses based in other countries to have control of over 10,593 Chinese website last year.

In terms of website security, a grand total of 1,116 domestic websites were corrupted by overseas-based hackers including 404 government sites.

The biggest threat to China during 2011 was posted by malicious IPs based in the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

According to Zhou Yonglin, Director of the team's Operation Department, even though in many of the attack, hackers were found to have used Trojan Horse-style program to grab all personal information, stealing money also held equal preference. Theft of a number of confidential information across state network affirms the proposition of the hackers, as reported in English.cri.cn on March 20, 2012.

He also added that the higher chances of their success are sure to invite problems for the government in terms of security issues.

According to Evgeny Aseev, Head of Asia-Pacific Virus Laboratory for Kaspersky, though there lays significant difference among the nature of cyber attacks, in general all of them use vulnerabilities present in the System to reach a computer system, reports english.cri.in on March 20, 2012.

Aseev said malwares were employed in more than 20% of the cyber attacks.

According to him, many of the hotels and organizations still remain in the security vicinity of the website maintained by the government, which turns them easy victims, whereas the fame of the social networking site has been made simple for the hackers to attract users into installing malware.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has manufactured examinations since June 2011, and the authorities also barred the spread of online malwares 14 times during the last year 2011, according to the report.

An official linked with the report, inquired that portion of it (report), which said that China had established arrangement with 40 countries and 79 organizations to handle cyber attacks, claiming that this would not be enough, reported techeye.net on March 20, 2012.

In conclusion, Aseev recommended officials to travel right back to the starting and concentrate on protection more than anything.

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