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Chinese hackers: No site is safe (even Pentagon)

March 8, 2008
By John Vause
CNN 

ZHOUSHAN, China (CNN) — They operate from a bare apartment on a Chinese island. They are intelligent 20-somethings who seem harmless. But they are hard-core hackers who claim to have gained access to the world’s most sensitive sites, including the Pentagon.
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The leader of these Chinese hackers says there “is always a weakness” on networks that allows cyber break-ins.

In fact, they say they are sometimes paid secretly by the Chinese government — a claim the Beijing government denies.

“No Web site is one hundred percent safe. There are Web sites with high-level security, but there is always a weakness,” says Xiao Chen, the leader of this group.

“Xiao Chen” is his online name. Along with his two colleagues, he does not want to reveal his true identity. The three belong to what some Western experts say is a civilian cyber militia in China, launching attacks on government and private Web sites around the world.

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Leeway seen in China Internet rules

January 10, 2008
By Min Lee, AP  Writer

HONG KONG – China is so keen to keep foreign investment flowing that it probably will let private Web sites work around strict new rules limiting video-sharing to state-controlled companies, analysts say.

China-based Web sites already need a government license that only companies majority-owned by Chinese nationals can get, and managers of private sites based in China say they already excise “inappropriate” content.

But the new regulations — issued Dec. 29 and scheduled to take effect Jan. 31 — also require that the state have a controlling interest in any video entertainment Web site.

“It’s a very clear message these Chinese film governing authorities have decided to send — that they’re taking this stuff seriously and they’re going to regulate it,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, editor-in-chief of Danwei.org, a Web site that covers Chinese media issues.

But Goldkorn said Beijing won’t shutter private video sharing Web sites because that might spook foreign investors to desert the world’s second-largest Internet community.

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Thailand shuts down political Web site

January 6, 2008
By SUTIN WANNABOVORN, Associated Press 

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thai authorities have shut down a political Web site that spoke out against the monarchy, the site’s operator said Sunday, in another move to punish critics of Thailand‘s most revered institution.

Visitors posted comments on the sameskybooks.com bulletin board, questioning claims in the Thai media that the entire country was in mourning over the death Wednesday of Princess Galyani Vadhana — King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s older sister — and criticizing official calls for the public to wear black as a sign of mourning, said Thanapol Eiwsakul, who operated the site.

The Information and Communication Technology Ministry threatened local Internet provider Netservice with closure unless it took the action against sameskybooks.com, which was closed Friday, Thanapol said.

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China Still Offers Unproven Medical Treatments

January 5, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press Writers

BEIJING – They’re paralyzed from diving accidents and car crashes, disabled by Parkinson’s, or blind. With few options available at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments — and often land on Web sites promoting stem cell treatments in China.

They mortgage their houses and their hometowns hold fundraisers as they scrape together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for travel and the hope for a miracle cure.

A number of these medical tourists claim some success when they return home:

Jim Savage, a Houston man with paralysis from a spinal cord injury, says he can move his right arm. Penny Thomas of Hawaii says her Parkinson’s….

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