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Taking on malware attacks

By  : INDICS Operator Updated  :   2018-11-08 13:43:29

Source: China Daily

Malware attacks, especially on mobile devices, and phishing attempts by fraudulent websites are two major problems that need to be solved urgently for China to safeguard its cybersecurity, according to online security experts.

A recent report issued by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team and Coordination Center of China, stipulates that the number of malicious mobile applications have increased in the past three years and the growth continues to be rapid.

From January to June, the agency identified 1.48 million malicious mobile applications - nearly equal to the annual figure for 2015 - and identified more than 2.53 million mobile malware cyberthreats last year, up 23.4 percent year-on-year, of which, many aimed to steal online users' money and personal data.

"Malware has damaged mobile devices more frequently than personal computers, and it is seriously damaging the security of netizens' privacy and property," said the agency's deputy director, Yun Xiaochun.

The agency worked with 92 online platforms that sell mobile apps and helped them remove 8,364 malicious products from their stores last year.

At this year's World Internet Conference, which started in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, on Wednesday, a forum on cybersecurity will be held on Friday, when security specialists and engineers will discuss the hottest issues in the sector and how to better safeguard netizens from cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity has been a popular issue among experts at the conference in the past, as well as among the public. Experts have talked about how to use technology to avoid security risks, and also offered advice on the improvement of cybersecurity in China through the implementation of stricter laws.

Yun noted the fight against such mobile malware threats is still a challenge to the country. Some mobile users are compelled to read advertisements and some have to set a certain website as the home page when downloading smartphone apps, which are otherwise not easy to be found and stopped, he said.

Chen Wending, manager of the Nandu Big Data Institute of the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily, agreed.

"It's hard to track those responsible, including hackers who make or provide the malware, and to collect evidence in cross-border cases," he said about producing a report for e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, in August.

"The attackers could cover every aspect of cyberspace," Chen said. "For instance, some focus on designing or editing programs to inject Trojan malware to steal mobile users' personal data, while some target on charging for promoting these programs."

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