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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    David, 25 Jun 2008 @ 8:53pm

    Makes perfect sense

    If the purpose of maleware and spyware is to obtain information on the innocent computer user, than it makes perfect sense that a totalitarian regime will actually propagate software that spies on its own people! Therefore, makes perfect sense that the chines great fire wall blocks political speech yet allows malware/spyware to roam free. Which situation would make you feel more free and less restricted... computers clear of spywre or a computer that's probably infected and very likely transmitting every keystroke to some unknown big brother?

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