Four men jailed for sending mass spam messages

13:39, March 30, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Beijing Xicheng District People's Court sentenced four men to a sentence of between 13 months and 18 months in jail on March 29 for sending more than 10 million advertising text messages without a license. It is China's first criminal case brought against mass spam texting.

The four men were conducting business without a license

According to the prosecutors, a man surnamed Xiang and his accomplices used a phone number generator to create lists of cell phone numbers registered in Beijing, and then used a mass text messaging device to send advertising messages covering housing, furniture, ringback tones, mobile phone games and others. They had sent a total of over 10 million spam messages since November 2008, which totals 300,000 messages a week on average.

The prosecutors said that sending mass advertisement messages is considered a telecom value-added service, and all such service providers should obtain a license before starting operations. The four men provided telecom value-added services without a license and were thus jailed for illegal business operations.

By People's Daily Online

  Weekly review  


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Survey for 2011 NPC and CPPCC Sessions
  • Focus On China
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • License plate number auctioned for 605,000 yuan in Zhejiang
  • World celebrates Earth Hour on March 26
  • Spanish Queen Sofia loves pandas!
  • Fashion design students' creations presented
  • Russia held by Qatar to 1-1 in friendly
  • Chinese Ding beat Norwegian Maflin to enter next round
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion