China Supporting International Anti-Spam Initiative

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The third-biggest source of criminal and junk e-mail will embrace an international anti-spam effort.

After several months of consideration and discussion, China has agreed to adopt the London Action Plan on Spam Enforcement Collaboration. Nearly ten percent of the spam messages in the world today emanate from Chinese computers.

The agreement comes in the wake of last October’s international spam enforcement workshop in London. Hosted by the UK Office of Fair Trading and the US Federal Trade Commission, the conference saw 15 countries agree to communicate and coordinate anti-spam efforts.

China did not sign on to the agreement at that time. But the Asian nation has seen its Internet usage grow considerably among the populace, and with that adoption has come spam problems. It is thought that much of the spam coming from China starts from “zombie” computers, controlled remotely by an external source who exploits them.

“It’s great news to hear that China will be joining international efforts to fight spam. After the USA and South Korea, China is one of the biggest producers of spam in the world, and greater global co-operation in tackling the scourge has to be welcomed,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Labs.

However, Mr. Cluley feels that tighter enforcement by China may drive spammers to other countries. Users can follow some simple steps to minimize the daily impact of spam on their inboxes.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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