KenB - 8:23 pm on Feb 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
The tainted milk scandal used Melamine because it is one of the only chemicals that registers as protene in tests i.e. they were literally starving babies to death, using a very technical procedure to evade detection, so their milk was cheaper to produce and they would profit. You would be hard pushed in your wildest imagination to think of a worse crime. I was very impressed at the reasonability of China to execute those monsters.
There is no comparing these hacker sites to what those greedy monsters did in regards to putting melamine in milk. Putting melamine in milk was mass murder plain and simple. In the case of the tainted milk, the Chinese government had to send a strong message to those who would taint food products just for a little extra profit.
The West doesn't allow any dodgy sites to remain online does it?
I agree that "dodgy sites" are a world wide problem and not something that is unique to China, however, I also think the Chinese government has ignored the problem more than most governments. In part I think this was because it wasn't causing them national embarrassment and there were higher priority issues to address. Now that the Google issue has caused China a national embarrassment the government is stepping in to make examples of a few as a warning to the rest.
I'm not saying that other governments don't do the same thing -- just look at how the U.S. Fed allowed Lehman Brothers to go under while saving other financial institutions. What I'm saying is these arrests have a curious timing and match the pattern of the way China responds to outlaws causing a national embarrassment.