• Internet vulnerabilities are on the rise in China.

Internet vulnerabilities are on the rise in China. (Photo : Getty Images)

A cyber security expert from the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center (CNCERT) said that there have been 200,000 security threats to China from 2009 to 2016.

In 2015, China's National Vulnerability Database (CNVD) reported that there were 25,314 Internet vulnerabilities.

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There was 43.9 percent of 2.3 million monitored websites were found to have vulnerabilities, and 12.3 percent had high-risk vulnerabilities as of November 2015, according to the report published by a report published by a security center affiliated to IT company Qihoo 360.

An increase in domestic security monitoring platforms that are used by local websites has also driven web developers to be more watchful of hacking, according to Yan Hanbing, a CNCERT senior official.

At the 2016 China Internet Security Conference, an event co-organized by Qihoo 360 and the Cyber Security Association of China, explained that the country is now appreciating the value of Internet security.

"The increase in number does not mean that our cyberspace is not safe. Instead, it shows that China is paying more attention to cyber security and will put more investment in the field," said Yan.

Yan also suggested that the government be more vigilant with their sites' security. He revealed that threats to the sites have been determined and even after detection, the government has not acted upon it.

The government has been more focused on drafting its cybersecurity law which has been widely criticized in the international arena.

Government media Xinhua reported in June that the draft of the law presented at the National People's Congress "network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public."

The law prohibits access of private users to sites to protect them from hackers. At the same time, the government will block information that is seen as illegal.