Peng Bo, deputy director of the National Internet Information Office (NIIO), said on Sunday that the department will soon launch specific norms to supervise mobile applications in China, according to a NetEase news report on Monday.
He stated that a lack of supervision on apps has left loopholes in the country's internet environment, and that regulating the internet under laws would play a fundamental role during the progress of the country's strive for the rule of law.
Cyber security is an irritant to bilateral ties. On Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said hackers it believed were backed by the Chinese government had launched more attacks on U.S. companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded.
In May, the United States charged five Chinese military officers with hacking American firms, prompting China to shut down a bilateral working group on cyber security.
China's military forces will ramp up their cyber security and speed domestic development of software, the country’s state media said in a statement yesterday.
The plan underscores China's increasingly vocal concern that the internet is dominated by Western powers and values.
Malware-based espionage targeting political activists and other opposition is nothing new, especially when it comes to opponents of the Chinese government. But there have been few attempts at hacking activists more widespread and sophisticated than the current wave of spyware targeting the mobile devices of members of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution.”
As iPhone 6 units are smuggled in 'Twinkie boxes,' Chinese government says regulatory approval coming soon
Appearing on CNBC Tuesday morning, reporter Eunice Yoon said that just hours ago, the Chinese government said the review of the license for the iPhone 6 would be "completed soon." That, she said, has helped to temporarily drive down prices for Apple's new handset on the black market, with locals believing that sales through official channels could begin.