Chinese authorities tighten controls as levels of SMS spam increase
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 by Alan Ranger
As reported yesterday by Xixhuanet, China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate have announced new measures to tighten up on SMS spam. Anyone found illegally sending more than 5,000 fraudulent text messages will be prosecuted for fraud and suffer much harsher penalties.
In March four men were jailed by Beijiing Xicheng District People’s Court for sending more than 10 million illegal text messages without a licence. Whilst these measures will no doubt have an impact on spammers this is just the tip of the iceberg – China’s 878 million mobile subscribers each receive on average 11.4 messages per week – That’s more than 10 billion spam messages each week.
The problem of SMS spam has now become just another of life’s irritations in China as the authorities and mobile network operators struggle to fight the rising tide of spam. Despite controls the attackers have found ways around the basic protection in place in China and will continue to make substantial profits from their activities.