China Internet Network Information Center

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The China Internet Network Information Center (simplified Chinese: 中国互联网络信息中心; traditional Chinese: 中國互聯網絡信息中心; pinyin: Zhōngguó Hùlián Wǎngluò Xìnxī Zhōngxīn), or CNNIC, was founded as a non-profit organization on June 3, 1997.

CNNIC is the administrative agency responsible for Internet affairs under the Ministry of Information Industry of the People's Republic of China. It is based in the Zhongguancun high tech district of Beijing.

Responsibility Areas[edit]

Domain Name Registry Service[edit]

CNNIC is responsible for operating and administering China’s domain name registry. CNNIC manages both the “.CN” country code top level domain and the Chinese Domain Name system (Internationalized domain names that contain Chinese characters).

As of January 2009, CNNIC only opens the CN domain to registered businesses,[1] requires supporting documentations for domain registration such as business license or personal ID, and suspended overseas registrars even for domestic registrants.[2] CNNIC denies that it mandates existing personal domain names to be transferred to businesses.[3] Trend Micro suggests this move is still not enough to stop modern security threats from the .cn domain.[4]

IP Address and Autonomous System Number (AS Number) Allocation Service[edit]

CNNIC allocates Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and AS Numbers to domestic ISPs and users. CNNIC is a National Internet Registry (NIR) acknowledged by the Asia-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC). In late 2004 CNNIC launched an “IP Allocation Alliance” which simplified the procedures for obtaining lP addresses.[5]

Catalogue Database Service[edit]

CNNIC is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the state top-level network catalog database. This database provides information on Internet users, web addresses, domain names, and AS numbers.

Technical Research on Internet Addressing[edit]

CNNIC conducts technical research and undertakes state technical projects based on its administrative and practical network technology experience.

Internet Survey and Statistics[edit]

CNNIC has conducted, and continues to conduct, surveys of Internet information resources. CNNIC maintains statistics on topics such as Internet bandwidth in China, Domain Name registrations, and Internet Development in China.[6]

International Liaison and Policy Research[edit]

As the national Network Information Center (NIC), CNNIC maintains cooperative relationships with other International Internet Communities, and works closely with NICs of other countries.

Secretariat of the Internet Policy and Resource Committee, Internet Society of China (ISC)[edit]

CNNIC serves as the Secretariat of the Internet Society of China’s Internet Policy and Resource Committee. The Policy and Resource committee is in charge of tasks such as providing policy and legislation oriented suggestions to promote the growth of China’s internet, facilitating the development and application of Internet resources and relevant technologies, and actively participating in the research work of domestic Internet development and administration polices.

Secretariat of the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China (APAC)[edit]

In July 2008, a broad alliance of Chinese online commerce stakeholders, including CNNIC, all major Chinese commercial banks and web hosting companies, founded the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China (APAC) in order to tackle phishing activities that abuse .cn sub-domain names. CNNIC also functions as the secretariat of APAC.[7][8]

In October 2009, the alliance announced its cooperation with two new members - Netcraft and Maxthon, who will help the alliance to process and verify various phishing reports, and add the confirmed phishing URLs to Netcraft's phishing site feed and Maxthon's phishing blacklist.

Malware Production And Distribution[edit]

CNNIC produces one of the best-known malwares in China: the Chinese-Language-Surfing Official Edition(中文上网官方版软件). The software is frequently bundled with other adware/sharewares. It was declared malware by Beijing Network Industry Association(北京市网络行业协会)[9] and San Ji Wu Xian Co Ltd., the company behind 360 Safeguard(360安全卫士), an anti-virus software. San Ji Wu Xian was sued by CNNIC for 150,000 RMB[10][11] and the court ruled out favorably towards CNNIC.

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