Spammers hide behind the Great Wall

From Asia Times, by Colin Galloway: “China has never been known as the friendly face of the Internet. Police and government agencies go to great lengths to control how citizens get online and how they act when they do, actively persecuting dissidents, closing thousands of Internet cafes, and creating a vast and technically dazzling cyber-edifice that can scan all the nation’s e-mail and web traffic in real time.

Given this, it comes as some surprise that China has recently emerged as a global haven for all sorts of nefarious Internet activity. Indeed, in a world where “Made in China” has become synonymous with the export of low-cost, mass-produced goods, it is both fitting and ironic that the mainland is today a key player in an industry that makes the cheapest mass-produced commodity of all – . ”

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