Sina Tech, 4/01/11
Xiong Sihao, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) Bureau of Communications Security, said at the third annual Telecommunications Networks and Data Security Forum in Beijing today that the problem of the "black industry chain" in online virus development has worsened since the end of last year. Xiong said that the MIIT had met with the Ministry of Public Security and other relevant organs to devise measures to take against the "industry chain" (such as collusion between virus distributors and anti-virus developers).
The MIIT found more than 2,500 varieties of malware for mobile phones last year, Xiong said, the overwhelming majority of which -- 1,600 -- were apparently developed and released last year, infecting more than 8 mln handsets.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "NetQin Responds to CCTV Malware Expose" MD 3/16/11 issue.