China arrests 15,000 for Internet-related crimes

China’s efforts to clean up the Internet have resulted in 15,000 arrests related to cybercrimes, authorities revealed on Tuesday. 

The country’s Ministry of Public Security has been cracking down on illegal Internet activities, and plans to increase enforcement even more, it said in an online post. 

The ministry has so far investigated 7,400 Internet crimes, resulting in the large number of arrests. It’s unclear during what period the investigations took place, but the ministry cited a case that went as far back as last December.  

The alleged crimes include hacking attacks, cyber fraud, and the promotion of gambling. 

In one such case, the arrested suspects took control of a company’s website and filled its pages with online gambling content. Seven people were eventually arrested, and found to have allegedly hacked into 2,000 company websites. 

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