The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that as many as 3.2 million “harmful” online messages have been deleted and over 60 websites and online forums have been ordered to remove inappropriate content with 30 Internet Service Providers being punished for granting network access to unlicensed websites. The campaign also targeted pornography and the illegal sale of personal details.
The statement read, “Although illegal and harmful information on the Internet has been reduced sharply through intensified crackdowns, fraudulent messages are still seen occasionally… and some telecom service providers are not strict enough when managing websites.” quoted the official Xinhua news agency.
It’s not just the Ministry that is behind cyber criminals. Local authorities have also started publishing reports and statements highlighting the arrests they have made. Beijing’s police force has revealed that over 5,000 suspects of internet-related crimes have been arrested.
Fu Zhenghua, the chief of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, also said that they have closed 263 internet cafes as part of its efforts to “protect the physical and mental health of young people” who are using the web.
Police in Jieyang have claimed that they have cracked down on one of the biggest case of hacks against government websites and have arrested nearly 165 people in relation to this.