Public security organs severely crack down on illegal and criminal activities of making, selling and using fake epidemic prevention software in accordance with the law
2022-08-08: [Article Link]
On 8 August, the journalist of the People's Network Beijing (journalist Hao Ping and Leung Qiu-Pang) was informed by the Ministry of Public Security that in recent days, during the national summer police campaign against the “100 Days of Action”, the Public Security Network detected a number of cases of developing, distributing, downloading and using false anti-epidemic software in order to eliminate the risks associated with the disease in a timely manner. In response to recent cases of Internet-related offences, the Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security has attached great importance to the deployment of public security organs in Guangdong and elsewhere to carry out in-depth investigations in accordance with the law. It has found that individual suspects in conflict with the law have developed on the Internet software such as the production, sale and sale of false “big data trip cards” and “health code” to help others to falsify information on disease-related certificates and to display it on a fake health code page in the mountains in order to deceive quarantine workers and seriously interfere with the prevention and control order of the epidemic. The relevant head of the Internet Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security stated that the public security organs would press ahead with the “100 Days of Activism” in the summer to combat security, maintain a high level of pressure on all types of Internet-related offences, and firmly uphold the order of prevention and control of the epidemic and the life and health of the population. The public security organs have advised that the development, distribution, and downloading of false disease-related software not only seriously interfere with the normal order of disease prevention and control, but are also suspected of criminal offences, and have requested the general public to raise awareness of the need to resist illegal and criminal acts and to work together to maintain the order of disease prevention and control. The public security organs, in accordance with the law, have severely combated typical cases of crimes committed in connection with the development, sale and downloading of false quarantine software:
Case 1: A flight from Guangdong to create a fake quarantine travel card and a health code program.
In July 2022, the Guangdong Public Security Agency detected a case of the development of a false quarantine travel card and a health code software, captured a previous flight of the software producer, and investigated the purchase and use of the software in accordance with the law for more than 100 users. In order to escape nucleic acid detection restrictions and display computer technology, it was found that a flight had developed the above-mentioned false quarantine trip card and health code software, which was posted on an Internet platform for downloads, seriously disrupting the control work of Covid-19 Pandemic. Case 2: Guangdong Fong Ho developed and sold fake health code software online
In June 2022, the Guangdong Public Security Agency detected a case of the development and sale on the Internet of false health code software, captured the software producer, Feng Fong Hao, and investigated the purchase of software for more than 20 users in accordance with the law. It was found that the development and uploading of false health code software to Internet platforms for illegal gain seriously disrupted Covid-19 Pandemic's anti-control work. Case 3: The installation of false health codes in the case of a certain leaf from Guangdong Wei et al.
In June 2022, the Guangdong public security authorities detected a case of forgery of a health code using a false health code APP program, and captured a person using the same code. It was found that Wei and Wen Xiaohui had obtained a false health code APP program from an Internet platform and used it on a mobile phone, tampering with the information on their travel cards and disturbing the order of Covid-19 Pandemic's defence and control.