“The People’s Liberation Army has unveiled its first department dedicated to tackling cyber war threats and protecting information security, Chinese media reported today.
The move comes just over a year after the United States created a cyber command.
The PLA Daily said the military announced the creation of the Information Security Base on Monday, giving few more details in its brief report.”
The Indian Ministry of Law and Justice is seeking to adopt new import regulations on mobile phones in order to prevent the threat of cyber espionage. The new regulations would have all foreign imports inspected by American, Canadian or Israeli third-party laboratories. This new policy, which is assumed to be introduced “shortly,” has been linked to the growing concern in India of espionage from its surrounding countries: China and Pakistan. In April 2010, Citizen Lab published the research report Shadows in the Cloud which revealed a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage which compromised computer systems in India among others.
From The New York Times
Google made the announcement early Friday morning in California in a blog posting by its chief legal officer, David Drummond.
“We are very pleased that the government has renewed our I.C.P. license,” Mr. Drummond wrote referring to an Internet content provider license. “And we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China.”
From The New York Times
“Beijing News is reporting (in Chinese) that one of their reporters noticed on Monday that the Google.cn landing page has added an ICP license number dated 2010. The license number had not been there before. The reporter then confirmed with Wang Jinhong, director of public relations for Google China, that the license number had been newly added. Three other links to “Music,” “Translate,” and “Shopping” were also added. The report did not clarify whether the addition of the ICP license means that the Chinese authorities have renewed Google.cn’s ICP license after Google announced on June 28th that it has changed the way in which users are re-directed from Google.cn to Google.com.hk.”
“SAN FRANCISCO—Google Inc. said that its Web search service in mainland China was partially blocked Wednesday, less than two days after the company announced changes aimed at keeping its Internet operating license in the country.
The company said the blockage appeared to affect only search queries generated by mainland China users of the company’s Google Suggest function, which automatically recommends search queries based on the first few letters a user types into the search box.”
Google has recently made a change “consistent” with its new approach to ends its long-standing censorship practices in China. Instead of Google China (Google.cn) being automatically redirected to Google Hong Kong(google.com.hk), the Google China website now has a link below the search bar that links to Google Hong Kong. The key difference included in this shift is that internet users can now “actively” direct themselves to Google Hong Kong.
This shift has been viewed as an effort to ensure that Google Inc. can continue to operate in China under strict measures made by the governemnt. In order run its business in China, Google Inc. must hold an ICP licence. Original changes to re-direct Google China to Google Hong Kong were made in January, upon Google Inc.’s statement regarding cyberattacks traced to China and Chinese cyber criminals.
From BBC News
Though it has given no indication otherwise, China would like the world to know that it has no plans to allow free access to online content–Google’s “new approach” to the country be damned.
In a lengthy white paper titled “The Internet in China,” China’s State Council Information Office reaffirmed the government’s longstanding commitment to censorship.
Citing cyber security as a rationale, the Indian government has established a ban on all mobile phone imports from China. This new million-dollar trade ban comes in the aftermath of the release of the “Shadows in the Cloud,” report by the Citizen Lab, released on April 6, 2010. “Shadows in the Cloud” revealed significant instances of cyber surveillance of prominent documents belonging to the Indian national security establishment, as well as other high profile jurisdictions. The cyber espionage has been attributed to servers in Chengdu, China. According to Chinese authorities, the blacklisting is illegal conduct and constitutes a violation of World Trade Organisation rules.
From Times Online
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a senior official’s statement, reported yesterday, that the government wants to force Internet users to identify themselves in order to post comments online.
“The Chinese authorities have been seized by a legislative frenzy in their desire to reinforce control over the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After adopting an amendment to the State Secrets Law, they are now embarking on a crusade against online anonymity and are trying to put a stop to the many discussions on sensitive political and social subjects that are taking place on the Internet.”
BEIJING — Type the Chinese characters for “carrot” into Google’s search engine here in mainland China, and you will be rewarded not with a list of Internet links, but a blank screen.
Don’t blame Google, however. The fault lies with China’s censors — who are increasingly a model for countries around the world that want to control an unrestricted Internet.
From The New York Times
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