Beijing: China`s online population, the
world`s largest, has risen to 420 million, but the country`s
internet system was beset with insecurity as 60 per cent of
Internet users experienced hacker and virus attacks while 30
per cent complained of passwords being stolen.
China`s online population touched 420 million, almost
a third of the population, by the end of June, boosted by
rising cell phone connections, according to a report by China
Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC). The number was up
36 million from December last year.
The proportion of Internet users to the total
population in China had risen to 31.8 percent by the end of
June, compared with 28.9 percent at the end of 2009.
With growth came problems as more and more Chinese
faced security concerns and developed lack of trust in on-line
Almost 60 percent of Internet users experienced hacker
attacks and Trojan viruses during the first six months this
year, and more than 30 percent had passwords stolen, state-run
Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying.
Internet users who connect through cell phones was the
major force driving the rise in the country`s on-line
population, the report said.
By the end of June, Internet users on cell phones hit
277 million and accounted for 65.9 percent of the total
Internet users. The number of people connecting by cell phone
rose by 43.34 million since the end of 2009, it said.
About 49.14 million Chinese went on-line solely
through their cell phones, indicating huge potential for the
mobile Internet industry, the report said.
Internet-based business was also growing rapidly, the
About 140 million people, or about 10 percent of
China`s population, have been shopping online. About 128
million people used online payment systems and 122 million
used online banking services, it said.
The report also found that 25 million more people were
watching on-line video programmes in the first half, bringing
the total to 265 million, ending a year-long decline in online
video audiences in 2009.
However, the growing popularity of the Internet
could pose challenges to the government, which has often
resorted to tight control to prevent unrest in the country.