Police blame law for Net crime – Xinhua

From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily (link):

CHINA’S police are struggling to clamp down on rampant Internet crime in the face of vague and inadequate laws, senior police say.

“The most common crimes involve theft, racketeering, fraud of on-line resources and services, mass disruption and inconvenience to the public,” said Xu Jianzhuo, deputy director of the Internet security bureau under the Public Security Ministry.

Li Jingjing, from the ministry’s security solutions bureau, said that from 1997 to 2005 police investigated 11,521 alleged Internet crimes, but only 14 cases resulted in convictions for sabotage.

“The legislation is so vague that it is difficult to apply in court,” Li said, citing its failure to specifically criminalize hacking or sabotage in areas such as healthcare, finance, and energy.

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