Nearly 60% of domain names in China that were hijacked by backdoor programs in the first half of 2014 ended in “.com” and 48.8% of these cases were controlled by overseas IP addresses, the Beijing-based China Securities Journal reports.
Huang Chengqing, director of China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT or CNCERT/CC) disclosed the statistics at a forum on cyber security at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province on Nov. 20.
Domain names are the addresses websites use to allow internet users to find them. When one gets hijacked, the person looking for that site gets redirected to a site controlled by hackers. In many cases though, hackers can be traced back to their IP address or special idenifier each computer has.
The report suggested that among the overseas IPs controlling hacked domain names in China, the US, Hong Kong, and South Korea were the top three. Huang said China now faces a difficult situation in terms of its internet security and plans to combat it by promoting international partnership programs. CNCERT has signed cyber security agreements with 17 organizations and established international cooperation partnership with 127 organizations in 59 countries.
CNCERT is a non-governmental and non-profit cyber security technical center and the key coordination team for China’s cyber security emergency response system. They are also responsible for domain name registrations in China.