Freedom at the heart of cyber law battles


Impact of Cispa on the public

Thursday, 17 May, 2012, 12:00am

At the mercy of hackers


The number of malicious attacks on computers is rising rapidly, according to Hong Kong police. There were 11 hacking cases last year, compared to only one case in 2010. This year there have already been at least 10 reported cases.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cyber army in online attack on government

Authorities in several mainland cities have been struggling to restore their websites after five days of attacks by international hacking group Anonymous as part of its new campaign to free the Chinese people.

Via a Twitter account opened in late March, Anonymous China announced that eight websites ending with '' had been hacked and defaced across the mainland.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Complacency puts websites in danger

It is a sad reality of the internet that no website can be considered safe from hackers. Even if the best protection is in place, those with malicious intent can bombard servers with spam to bring them to a grinding halt.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Security is key as hackers strike

The Hong Kong stock exchange's website should be among the most secure in our city, yet it has been assailed by cyber criminals two days in a row. Investors are understandably still bristling about Wednesday's precautionary suspension of trading in seven companies, three of them blue chips, which came as the firms were about to release sensitive information.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Code blue for China's red army

A spy satellite beams a high-definition thermal image to the field command of the Jinan military region's cyberwarfare 'blue unit' via an encrypted downlink.

A large enemy force of tanks, artillery and heavily armed troops has massed at the border, under camouflage to escape the notice of Chinese sentries.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal to defend 'cyber sovereignty'

Two People's Liberation Army researchers have compared cyber warfare with nuclear warfare and described cyber defence as a crucial component of national defence.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing hits at Pentagon's cyber strategy

China's state media lashed out at what has been billed as the Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, saying it would open the door for the United States to use military force against perceived cyberattacks.

The cyber strategy could trigger 'extremely dangerous consequences', Xinhua said.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cyber army is defensive, P.L.A. colonel says

The mainland's cyber army is deployed to improve the defensive capabilities of the People's Liberation Army, the Ministry of National Defence said in its first confirmation of the existence of the internet security force.

The statement came amid rising international concern over China's growing cyberwarfare and intelligence-gathering capabilities.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Defences lacking in war against cyber bug

With the Stuxnet cyber superbug lurking across the border and causing concern for large industrial operations worldwide, it would be comforting to think that technologically savvy Hong Kong has its defences ready.

If it has, checks with various government departments that deal with such matters failed to find any evidence of this.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

PLA sets up centralised cyber war command

The People's Liberation Army has set up its first cyber war base as part of efforts to strengthen the army's digital security in the age of information warfare.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Don't spend all your time online

With the rapid development of technology, we use the computer every day for work and play. We surf the internet for information and read the news online. We also play games and watch videos on the computer.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Intrigue over hacking claims

In the cutthroat world of mainland cyberspace, the only way to survive is to stay in the limelight and seemingly nothing is off limits when it comes to business promotion - not even issues that might affect Sino-US ties.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing silences violent Net games

For mainland gangsters in Omerta, the world's biggest online mafia game, the coming national holiday seemed an ideal time for a crime spree.

With eight days off, there would be no end to the number of banks they could rob, cars they could steal and fellow mobsters they could mow down with virtual machine guns.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Officials criticised for failing to censor Web public opinion

Local governments have come under fire for their failure to understand the power of the internet to stir up protests and have been urged to harness the latest technologies to control public opinion.

The Xinhua-run Outlook Weekly magazine published a detailed report yesterday on the internet's role in creating 'mass incidents'.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am