In the face of increased attacks by its citzens against Chinese networks, China is stepping up the severity and enforcement of its computer crime laws. China often is cited as one of the major havens for hackers and malware authors, but as this IDG News Service report shows, the country is beginning to crack down on its own citizens for computer crimes in an effort to change that image.
As McMillan reports, one of the key moves in this campaign was the recent arrest of alleged hacker Tan Dailin.
A year ago, when a Time Magazine reporter told Tan Dailin that he’d been identified as someone who may have hacked the Pentagon, he gasped and asked, “Will the FBI send special agents out to arrest me?”
The answer, it turns out, was, “No, the Chinese government will.”
Dailin, better known in Chinese hacker circles as Withered Rose, was reportedly picked up last month in Chengdu, China, by local authorities.
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