Chinese mobile firm punishes staff for SMS spamming

Graham Cluley

Mobile phone spam sent via SMS text message is a huge problem in China. According to statistics from the Internet Society of China (ISC), an astonishing 353.8 billion spam text messages are sent every year in the country. I calculate that means 600 cellphone spam messages per Chinese mobile phone owner every year!

Thankfully, the-powers-that-be recognise the problem and are taking some action.

For instance, earlier this month, CCTV, the state-run television station in China, ran an investigation into the huge amount of spam being sent from some telecom bureaus in the country. As a result, China Mobile claims that it has punished the people responsible and sharply rebuked its affiliate Shandong Mobile.

China Mobile says that some of its branches in Shandong province violated corporate rules by sending commerical SMS messages.

Four people, including the deputy general manager of the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.