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CNNIC Tries to Justify Its Software

'Anti-Malware Alliance' sued 'China Internet Network Information Center' (CNNIC) in Guangzhou for distributing malware. On October 10, 2006 the alliance asked CNNIC to stop delivering offers that carried "Zhongwen Shangwang" malware. CNNIC denied its software to be a malware; rather it benefited users with install or un-install options.

According to media reports, China with 123 million Internet users trails behind only United States. And for these Internet users, malware or hooligan applications have become a problem. The founders of 'Anti-Malware Alliance' are the domestic residents. Only last month, the alliance filed lawsuits against 'Zhongsou.com', 'Yahoo.com.cn' and 'Shanghai Henbang Media'. In a statement, the governing body said that CNNIC backs the countrywide campaign by the federation to battle against hooligan software.

The governing body also said that according to the rules set by the "Internet Engineering Task Force" (IETF) the CNNIC's applications were devoid of hooligan software during installation, un-installation and user functions.
IETF is an authoritative body of Internet operation that has published rules and regulations for applications. According to IETF's description of an 'Internet Standard', it is a specification with characteristics of stability, legibility, technical competence, having multiple, independent and interoperable implementations with considerable operational experience. It enjoys a good amount of public support and is admittedly useful in some or all segments of the Internet.

Reacting to the accusation, CNNIC says that its application is considerate to the rights of the Internet users, including the 'right to choose' and 'knowing the fact'. It adds that the non-removal of the software from a computer is not due to any fault with the software but because some other hooligan applications affect the process.

The federation has demanded a compensation of 94 Yuan and a public apology by CNNIC to Internet users in China. Some say the alliance is just trying to attract public attention. The rampant presence of hooligan software in China shows how the country has still not tapped its potential. According to 'Xinhua News Agency', in the meantime, some Chinese websites are using the software to build false data on the number of visits they receive.

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