China, known for its strict Internet rules, recently ordered every PC in the country have screening software installed in order to protect citizens from unseemly—and political—content. But via the BBC comes word that the mandated software may, in fact, put computers at risk:
The Chinese government has mandated that all computers in the country must have the screening software installed.
It is intended to filter out offensive material from the net.
The Chinese government said that the Green Dam Youth Escort software, as it is known, was intended to push forward the “healthy development of the internet” and “effectively manage harmful material for the public and prevent it from being spread.”
“We found a series of software flaws,” explained Isaac Mao, a blogger and social entrepreneur in China, as well as a research fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Among the flaws is the fact that communication between the software and the developer’s servers is not encrypted, meaning a hacker could easily install code that would essentially allow them to seize control of almost every computer in China.