Internet, Security

China Punishes 6330 Phishing Websites

According to Anti-Phishing Alliance of China, as of August 31, 2009, APAC had dealt with up to 6330 online phishing websites in recent months.

APAC mainly focused on two types of phishing websites: fake lucky-draw websites that imitate such famous companies as CCTV and Tencent, and websites that mock webpages of online payment service providers like Taobao.com to lure consumers to do online shopping and offer their bank information.

Chinese online phishing websites often cheat consumers with big prizes. APAC worked with local law enforcement agencies to help find the owners of these websites and to shut them down. Various penalties ranging from administrative fines to jail sentences are pending for many of the owners of these websites, but the alliance has not officially made public those key statistics.

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