In efforts to boost their commitment to promoting better IT security, China has passed sentence on four hackers that were due to receive sentences ranging from two to eight years in prison. The four un-named cyber-criminals were given sentences of two and a half years which if one spends in a Chinese jail would be too long enough. They were however convicted not of cyber-crimes yet for “non-declaration of Income” which seems to overshadow their claims of boosting IT security measures. The convicted cyber-criminals were caught to have gained around a few thousand dollars of undeclared income which they got from information gathered through malware. China has repeatedly challenged allegations that they are the hacking capital of the world stating that they are victims instead of criminals in the IT Security scene. Their crackdown on Tibetan activists and supporters has again raised questions on the globalization policy of China as a country that is open for change in order to face the challenge of globalization.
The move is one of the many much publicized efforts by Chinese Authorities who say are doing all they can to stop the illegal activities that are happening within their borders. Their passing of the anti-hacking measures is seen as the harshest in the world and as said, the conditions in Chinese jails if taken into consideration would be too long for any length of time. They have tried hard to control the internet, by banning sites blocking access to external sites before they get to millions of Chinese users. People are suspicious of their motives for they emphasize more on the internal issues they have rather than those in conjunction with global matters such as the need for more intrusion prevention methods to prevent hackers from doing damage to all of us.