China, everybody\u2019s go-to suspect when it comes to IT security, is finally acknowledging its own problems with hacking. Beijing has also started a campaign to crack-down on non-government-approved Chinese hackers who stole personal data from 100 million people last week.\n\tIrony is a dish best served \u2026 with mu shu pork and maybe a side order of white rice.\n\tSometime between Dec. 21 and 26 hackers infiltrated the databases of many of China\u2019s most popular blogging, shopping, social networking, and gaming sites, according to a report by Caixin Online. The hackers subsequently published more than 100 million usernames, passwords, and email addresses. The leaked files claimed to have information from websites including Tianya (tianya.cn), social networking sites Renren and Kaixin001, the Twitter-clone Sina Weibo, IT development site CSDN.net and online gaming sites like 17173.com and duowan.com. Many if not all of these sites \u2013 including the IT development site \u2013 stored users' information in plain text.\n\tBest quote from the story:\n\t\n\t\tChina's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology \u2026 denounced the slew of hackings, saying they "infringed on internet users' legal rights."\n\n\tThe official Xinhua news agency quoted Shi Xiaohong, VP of anti-virus company Qihoo 360, as saying \u00a0the leak was the result of companies neglecting to encrypt users' passwords and account information. Caixin also cited legal experts told that the massive leak also revealed shortcomings in Chinese internet security law and online ID theft protections. Nice to know that even if the Chinese are ahead of us in hacking they\u2019re worse than we are at protecting customer info. (\u201cChinese internet security law\u201d? Isn\u2019t that an oxymoron?)\n\tIn response to all this the government has begun an anti-phishing campaign to protect users\u2019 bank accounts. The nation\u2019s 10 biggest search engines have agreed to always display websites of banks appear first in searches. By doing this the government hopes to limit the numbers of people visiting fake sites and falling for phishing scams.\n\tHow, exactly, this will protect users from companies which don\u2019t take any security measures is anyone\u2019s guess. At what point will the government decide that security efforts shouldn\u2019t only be used to monitor online chat rooms for people discussing things it doesn\u2019t want discussed.\n\tHacking isn\u2019t just for thieves, after all. PacketStorm notes in its report:\n\t\n\t\tAs well as criminal hackers, many activists are turning to the web to make protests more visible. The website of Mengniu, a firm at the centre of a tainted milk scandal, was vandalised and its homepage image replaced with text that read "Do you have a conscience?"