If China's Great Firewall Is So Effective, Why Can't It Stop All The Malware Hosted There?

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We all know about the "Great Firewall" of China that's designed both to keep certain website inaccessible from China, but which is also supposed to block certain content in China from reaching the outside world. While there already are some questions about how effective the Great Firewall really is, it does seem odd that the majority of "badware" sites are all hosted in China. Is it that China just doesn't care or is it that the Great Firewall isn't actually that effective? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between. The Great Firewall definitely has some holes, and if the purpose of it is more focused on political speech than malware, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the powers that be ignore the malware and let it go through. Or, of course, you could take the conspiratorial viewpoint, and say perhaps China blocks malware within the country, but doesn't care if others get it. Given the various rumors and reports lately about Chinese hackers breaking into computers in other countries, that last possibility may not be so far-fetched.
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  1. identicon
    Enrico Suarve, 26 Jun 2008 @ 6:57am

    Re: @PC Man's #6

    I wouldn't waste your time - the fact that PC Man claims to be defending bloggers, and hasn't noticed yet that AC is basically almost a standard pseudonym given to people who didn't enter a name themselves, says something about either his level of intelligence, experience, or both

    Whereas he obviously entered his real name (odd parents but never mind)

    I have the same experience of PCs across Asia - I work in a large multinational and focus on IT security, we routinely discover new malware on Chinese PCs, since a lot of this seems focussed on making sure the rest of the world receives its daily penis enlargement emails and other scams I somehow doubt its a Chinese Government conspiracy

    I would say that although a minority of our machines are in China a majority of our new malware comes from machines there

    I have almost the same experience (but to a slightly lesser extent) in India. This may be because they are close to China in our WAN cloud but may also be just an indication that the issue is more to do with what hackers and others can get away with, in countries with overly complex bureaucracies, who perhaps don't have as stringent laws in place as other countries?

    So yeah there’s a lot of malware comes from China but my impression is there’s even more in-country, all the quips about faceless Chinese officials planting malware etc on visitors machines are priceless however. My company is American and just last week issued guidelines to company travellers on how to protect themselves against unwarranted data theft by US customs officials...

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