Although the Western media has been awash with stories of Chinese hacking for years, cybercrime was until recently governed by three articles added to China’s criminal code in 1997. The laws were out-of-date and “failed to correlate proportionately with the tremendous social harm” caused by cybercrime, according to a recent paper on Chinese cyber-law published in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.
“China has made significant progress in cybercrime legislation and is putting in great efforts to strengthen it,” said Man Qi, one of the paper’s co-authors, in an e-mail interview.
However, the paper concludes that the country’s laws are still in the early stages of development. “Gaps and inadequacies exist in traditional offense provisions,” said Qi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University in the U.K.