Fighting the 50 Cent Party's Commercial Counterparts

Political astroturfing by the “50 Cent Party” is a well known phenomenon in China, with legions of commenters paid to push the government line: see, for example, CDT’s translation of likely 50 Cent posts...

Inside China’s Spam Crisis

Information Week writes about the growing amount of spam that is coming from China, calling the country a “haven for spammers”: In the case of spam, through which pornography, malware, and scams are spread, most of...

Cybergangs Infiltrate Social Network Sites

United Press International reports that “cybergangs” are hiring people in China, India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina and Nigeria to manually spam site users and spread “cyberscams”: Popular social sites such...

Beijing Investigates Spam Attack

From BBC News: China is investigating a spam attack after almost half of China’s mobile phone users received unwanted text messages from advertisers. Text messages were sent to more than 200 million mobile phone users...

Spam: now made in China – Maxim Kelly

From The politics of unwanted email is changing with China set to overtake the US any day now as the originator of most Irish inbox clutter. Figures for November from Irish email monitoring firm IE Internet show that although the US is still the world leader with 27 per cent of dodgy emails originating […]

China close to being top spammer – BBC News

From BBC News (link): Statistics from security firm Sophos show that China is fast catching up the US as a source of junk e-mail. According to Sophos, 23.1% of spam comes from computers in the US and 21.9% comes from China. The UK is tenth on the list of spam sources. As a continent, Asia […]

Mark Ward: Crime time for Chinese net users

From the BBC: Around 20% of the world’s hijacked computers sending out spam, attacking websites and hosting unsavoury material are in China, says a report… China already has the second biggest net-using population in the world, even though only 8% of its people go online… But China is not just keeping up on ordinary net […]

China becomes world’s second largest source of spam

From Xinhua: “A source from the Internet Society of China’s anti-spam team on Wednesday said China has become the world’s second largest source of spam, after the United States. The source acknowledged that 180 of 400 IP addresses blocked by the International Anti-Spam Organization in November 2004 were Chinese.”

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 […]

At Last, China Targets Its Spammers

From Business Week: “The country’s ISPs are working with U.S. outfits to halt the deluge of junk e-mail pouring out of the Middle Kingdom It has been clear for some time now that China is a major new battleground in the war against junk e-mail.” The full article is here.

China urged to take action on spam

MSNBC had an news article from Reuters today entitled China urged to take action on spam. “China is the world’s third-largest spam producing country, after the United States and South Korea, accounting for 11.62 percent of all unwanted messages, software firm Sophos says. Some experts blame China, which cracks down on political dissent and pornography […]

Asia hits the spam alarm (Asia Times)

“Anti-spam detectives find Asian countries and territories such as China, India, South Korea and Hong Kong to be the biggest sources for these nuisance mails selling anything from casino tokens to magic potions that enlarge certain parts of the anatomy. China’s Internet servers received 150 billion junk e-mails last year, according to a Reuters report […]

Ten years of being connected to the Internet (Computerworld)

IDG News Service published a group of articles, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of China being connected to the Internet. These reports range from “A brief history of the Internet in China” to “Chinese Internet users work to make knowledge free.”

A New Chinese Specialty: Spam (Business Week)

“Despite Beijing’s Net censorship, the country appears to be playing host to thousands of the sites spammers want you to visit.” The Business Week reported this story here.



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