Cyberattacks up almost 50% in China: Report

China captured about 23.07 million samples of rogue programs in the first half of 2021 that infected about 4.46 million main machines during the period, up 46.8 percent on a yearly basis.

The document was released on the first day of the 2021 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit, China’s largest internet industrial expo, in Wuzhen, East China’s Zhejiang Province.

Further, according to the information recorded on China National Vulnerability Database, around 13,083 new general security loopholes in the first half of this year, up 27.9 percent when compared to the same period. Last year, there was an estimated 20,704 such loopholes.

Cybersecurity risks also mushroomed along with the rapid development of China’s internet sector. For example, the number of cybersecurity attacks on cloud platforms has been on the rise, with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on cloud platforms accounting for 71.2 percent of the overall such attacks in China in H1 of 2021, the Global Times report said.

China’s mobile internet, industrial internet and blockchain are also easily vulnerable to high-danger loopholes and rogue programmes, according to the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit.

The report also noted that China will make data security safeguard a “major task,” and will continue to strengthen protection of personal information by implementing provisions under the Personal Informational Protection Law. Enterprises are also facing the cybersecurity heat. Almost 75 per cent of Chinese companies can’t fully handle cybersecurity challenges, in the backdrop of increase in ransomware, DDoS and other types of online threats, according to the 2021 EY Global Information Security Survey.

Safeguard against Attacks

In the face of such risks, the Chinese government has rolled out a series of measures to push the construction of a cybersecurity safeguard system. In China, several new laws have been released already such as China’s Cybersecurity Law, Data Security Law and Personal Information Protection Law.

China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress announced the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (PIPL) on August 20, 2021, which will come into effect on November 1, 2021.

As China’s first law specifically regulating the protection of personal information, the PIPL will have a direct and far-reaching impact on the protection of personal information rights of individuals, as well as data privacy compliance of enterprises.

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