Chinese Cyberpolice Ramp Up During Transition

As the Chinese cyberpolice stiffened controls on information before the Communist Party leadership transition, some companies in Beijing and nearby cities received orders to aid the cause. Starting earlier this year, Web police units directed the companies, which included joint ventures involving American corporations, to buy and install hardware to log the traffic of hundreds or thousands of computers, block selected Web sites, and connect with local police servers, according to industry executives and official directives obtained by The New York Times.