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The Ninth China Information Security Conference

The Ninth China Information Security Conference took place on April 22, 2008, hosted by the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCIID) [1] and China lnfoworld. According to a Xinhua report, it was also “supported and guided” by the Professional Committee of Computer Security of China Computer Federation [2], the Institute of National Security Technology [3], the Information Security Research and Service Center under State Information Center [4], the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center [5], and the China Information Technology Security Certification Center. Liu Liehong, dean of CCIID, said that the goal of the national information industry is to “establish a credible environment and order for the Internet world.” Yan Ming, ex-director of the First Research Institute under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), pointed out that securing information related to national security is facing outstanding challenges and increasing opportunities.

Source: Xinhua, April 24, 2008

[1] An agency under Ministry of Information Industry (MII)
[2] An agency affiliated with the Eleventh Bureau of Ministry of Public Security
[3] The only research institute under Security Committee of CCCCP (Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party) and National Security Bureau (NSB)
[4] An agency under National Development and Reform Commission
[5] An agency under MII

China Police Adopts 3G Wireless Video Surveillance Technology

With the spread of 3G technology, China’s wireless video surveillance technology is migrating to a new Internet communication standard from traditional CDMA technology. At the China Police Expo 2008 in Beijing, various new surveillance products were on display. According to a Xinhua news report, the boom of this industry was because of the government’s strategy of creating a “harmonious society” and the Olympics Security Operations. Exhibitors at the Expo included companies based in China, Italy, U.K., Germany, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Czech, New Zealand, U.S., Russia, and France.

Source: Xinhua, April 17, 2008

SARFT Establishes System To Monitor Real Time Nationwide TV Programming

China Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) now has a nationwide TV program monitoring network that allows government to monitor real time TV broadcasting of 1,372 programs. The capability is deemed one of the latest achievements of research and development of the SARFT. "This has totally changed the ineffective way of the past when we had to manually monitor – we could not listen or watch or follow up or track down or discipline.”

Xinhua, April 9, 2008

PLA Daily: China is the Biggest Victim of Spyware Attacks, Mostly from US

PLA Daily claimed that China is the biggest target of spyware which mostly are from US. In a recent Annual Report of China Internet Security Report, the statistics claimed that there were 64,000 computers attacked by spyware worldwide daily and 26 percent of them took place in China. According to National Computer network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT/CC), there were 220,000 spyware attacks to China from overseas in 2005 where 40 percent were from US, 11 percent from Japan, 10 percent form Taiwan, and 8 percent from Karea.

Source: Xinhua, April 3, 2008

China Speeds Up Tapping of Strategic Oil Reserves

On March 6, PetroChina announced the opening of a commercial oil reserve project in Shanshan county of Xinjiang province. Total oil reserves there are expected to reach 1 million cubic meters. The project marks the beginning of China’s second phase of tapping oil reserves in response to the worldwide oil shortage.

The first phase centers on the coastline and consists of four strategic oil reserve bases: Zhanhai, Zhejiang province; Huangdao, Shandong province; Zhoushan, Zhejiang province and Dalian, Liaoning province. The Dalian base was the last one opened and it was close to being 2/3 completed as of March 6.

Source: China Stock, March 7, 2008

First Sandstorm in 2008 Hit Beijing

Beijing Meteorological Bureau reported that sandstorm appeared in south of Ganshu and west of Mongolia on February 29 and traveled south to Beijing with the cold air on March 1. The nearby regions of Beijing including west of Mongolia, Shanxi, and north of Hebei were reportedly remain under the sandstorm condition as of the first day of March. Estimated population affected will reach 110 million. Beijing recorded 15 sandstorms in the spring of 2007. More sand storms are expected in 2008.

Source: China News, March 2 and 4, 2008

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