China to crack down on its spammers

China, the second biggest source of unsolicited e-mails, says it will join UK and US-led international efforts to combat spam.

China, the second biggest source of unsolicited e-mails, says it will join UK and US-led international efforts to combat spam. 

China has announced it will join international enforcement efforts against spam by adopting the London Action Plan on spam enforcement collaboration. 

The London Action Plan (LAP) was initially launched after a conference on spam enforcement hosted jointly by the UK Office of Fair Trading and the US Federal Trade Commission in London last October.

LAP organises regular virtual conferences for its members to exchange best practice and prepare joint actions against spammers.  

China is thought to be the second largest source of spam after the US, sending out around 20% of the world’s spam. The majority of it is distributed through “zombie” computers, whose owners have no idea their machines are being used to distribute such messages.

China’s representative for LAP will be Union Network Beijing, a body mandated by the Chinese Government to enforce its recent anti-spam law and combat the spread of computer viruses.

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