Four men jailed for sending mass spam messages

13:39, March 30, 2011      

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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

 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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