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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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jun 2008 @ 8:32pm


    So now you're just putting out random speculations on topics that you know nothing about.

    "China blocks malware within the country, but doesn't care if others get it."

    Then you should come and live in China for a while to experience the "malware-free-ness" for yourself.

    Really, based on personal experience, I'd say the malware problem is more rampant within China than without. I have lived in North America for the past 11 years. I'd estimate approximately half of the computers I have come in contact with run malware-free without the help of any kind of 3rd party anti-malware software. Though for the past weeks I have been in China, and nearly all computers I have accessed have some kind of anti-virus software installed yet are still plagued by malware.

    Many of the west's view of China is skewed by a similar lack of personal experience. Of course, the Chinese culture, being more conservative compared to the west, does play a role in this skewed view by closing itself off from the outside. However, this does not mean that the west should just speculate on what is happening inside China based on a few incomplete stories and a biased mindset.

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