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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    Alejandro Michetti, 25 Jun 2008 @ 11:27pm


    I can only agree with the poor boy who signed as AC. If you attach your laptop to the Internet in any Shanghai office, you will get tons of malware after a few minutes. No matter how good you are prepared against that. First hand experience.
    But you can see it by yourself, only if you are there. People who never travelled to China, simply don't know this, and it seems they don't really want to hear from others with more experience. Really sad.

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