Law & Policy, Security, Telecom & Wireless

China Blocked 28,000 Mobile Malware Apps In 2014

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China tracked over 5.4 million mobile phone apps from 135 Chinese app stores in 2014 and discovered 28,000 apps were malware.

According to the ministry's website, those 28,000 malware apps were banned and removed from the app stores, and 155 other "bad software" were exposed.

MIIT said that in 2014, China's telecom industry user complaint rate was 32.9 times per million users, representing a decrease of 30% compared with the previous year.

MIIT said they checked 1,085 paid services of the three major telecom operators and 620 value-added telecom service providers; meanwhile, the ministry checked over 5.4 million mobile phone application software applications from 135 app stores.

At the beginning of 2014, MIIT clarified seven important tasks for the year, including handling spam short messages; remediating adverse mobile apps; and standardizing service agreements and data traffic charges.

MIIT enhanced its punishment of illegal infringement activities of enterprises and 29 telecom enterprises were investigated for violations.

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