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Ministry fights off e-attacks

THE Chinese Ministry of National Defense Website was targeted by more than 2.3 million hacker attacks in the first month of operation, according to the site's editor-in-chief.

The attacks, which have been continuous since the Website's debut on August 20, were aimed either at stealing information or paralyzing the site, Ji Guilin was quoted as saying yesterday by People's Daily.

The attacks were most frequent in the first week and every time important military news was announced, but none affected the Website's operation, Ji said. He did not say where the cyber assaults originated.

The Website features accounts of military history and pictures of state-of-the-art weapons. It attracted over 1.25 billion hits in three months.

The number of hits reached 70 million in the first day of operation and almost doubled the next day.

Users in Beijing and Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces accounted for more than 40 percent of the visitors. Most of the visitors to the English-language ( site were from the United States followed by Australia and Britain.

Ji said the overseas visitors paid more attention to the photo gallery depicting China's military forces while domestics users clicked mostly into the section that profiles the country's top military officers and posts their pictures.

The ministry said it launched the Website along with the English section to help the world better understand China's national defense policy and to counter fears about China's military strength.

Ji also said the ministry added an interactive section like one on the US Pentagon Website to serve people interested in joining the army. That section now provides information for applicants for this year's recruitment. Ji said the site will open more interactive sections in the future.


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