GUILIN, March 25 (Xinhuanet) -- A man who hacked into
100,000 computers to launch group attacks has been arrested in Tangshan, north
China's Hebei Province, according to the Ministry of Public Security Friday.
The ministry's Public Information and Internet Security Supervision Bureau determined that many
attacks came from a large group of computers embedded with virus programs. These
computers were maneuvered by one hacker via several servers both at home
More than 60,000 of the 100,000 computers were within
China, and some of them were owned by government departments and other important
sectors, said an official with the bureau.
They formed a so-called "corpse network," an attack
tool popular among Internet hackers, which can prevent other computers from
regular Internet service or send out mass junk e-mails on thehacker's orders,
the official said.
A hacker could also steal and use users' information
stored in the computers, the official said, but didn't disclose the name of the
The number of crimes taking advantage of network
technologies is climbing in China. Online pornography, gambling and fraud are
focal points in the country's extensive crackdowns.
The official pointed out that China should speed up
legislationon Internet crimes, including enacting laws to standardize
identification of network data, evidence collection and investigation. Enditem