35K Chinese Websites Hacked in 2010

Tens of thousands of websites in China were attacked by hackers in 2010, including 4,635 government websites, according to a report released by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China.

The report, quoted by People’s Daily Online, said government websites are vulnerable to cyber attacks, and websites of financial institutions have become hackers’ first choice. The number of compromised government websites increased with 68 percent from the previous year, and approximately 60 percent of ministerial-level websites have potential exploits to various degrees.

Zhou Yonglin, head of the Operation Department under the CNCERT/CC, said hackers primarily use two attack methods to breach government websites.

“One is to turn the homepage of government websites into that of hacker organizations in order to show off their skills, and the other is to hide hackers’ own pages on government websites before telling potential buyers that the servers and bandwidth of the government websites have been under their control and can be leased and transferred to criminals,” he told People’s Daily Online.

The report also found that websites of large-scale e-commerce operators and third-party online payment service providers have become the main targets of phishing. Hackers spoof websites and lure users to log in and trade to take over their accounts and steal passwords.

 

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