The latest official Chinese figures show that the number
of internet users in China increased nearly 30% last year
to reach 384 million - which is close to the entire population
in the United States. Of the 384 million, over 90 percent
use broadband to access the Internet.
Chinese dominance on the online scene is quite alarming
to the West, thus it is not surprise to hear increased claims
accusing Chinese of mounting cyber attacks against innocent
and defenceless America and its Western friends.
However, According to America’s Symantec Corp., a leading
web security provider, in terms of the number of the computers
attacked by spy viruses initiated from other countries, China
is the biggest or the second biggest victim in the world.
As early as in 2000, a British
media disclosed a cyber spying plan set up by CIA.
The objective of the plan is to develop CIA's ability to
gain access to the computer systems of major businesses,
banking institutions and government organisations worldwide,
with China being the prime target.
Professor Meng Xiangqing (孟祥青), a Chinese military expert,
pointed out that the accusations from the West are to serve
as a smoking gun to cover their sinister cyber activities
against China, whose rapid economic development and firm
independent stance are regarded as the biggest threat to
the centuries-long global dominance
by the West in politics, military, economy and culture.
The professor revealed one incident happened more than two
years ago, in which a number of computer systems of the important
Chinese government departments and military organisations
were break-in by the hackers from overseas. It is reported
that thousands of computers in China’s vital sectors are
under constant threat by tens of thousands Trojan horses
based else where especially designed to target China.
The purpose of West’s cyber assault on China is not only
confined to steal information, but as well as to stir
social unrest and instigate violent riots. Lhasa
Riot 2008 and Urumqi
Riot 2009 are just two cases in point.
Take Zhewa Online (哲瓦在线). It is a cyber project set up in
May, 2006, by a secret contract between American
International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and Canada-based
Sangzhu Consulting Firm (桑珠咨询公司), a Tibetan company financed
by, commanded under and reported to the United States. Two
years later, Zhewa Online became one of the major online organisers
of the Lhasa riot.
(Reference: 国际先驱导报: 美国每年出巨资雇网络间谍策反中国网民)
Terrorist Arrested in Canada.