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ISC Shutters Services Of More Than 4300 Chinese Open Email Relays [chinatechnews.com]
Huang Chengqing, secretary general of the Internet Society of China, has disclosed that ISC has closed down the open email proxies and relays of more than 4300 email service providers.
Huang says as many email servers in China have a forwarding or open relay feature, they have been made used by illegal spam senders from foreign countries to send spam to users. Huang says the other problems of spam will be solved through two measures. One is to open a spam email reporting center and the other is to set up a white list mechanism to rank the credit status of email servers.
Plus, I think they started to follow the money trail and although most probably didn't get any of the scammers, they put pressure on the brokers to better police their clients.
Good while it lasted though, apparently the organised ones were making 1%-2% a day after costs.
China should focus not on open mail relays, but on people there who provide "bullet-proof" services to spammers of all kinds - if China imposed extremely harsh punishment on those people then this would have helped to crack down on this problem big time.
The problem is all the sites that are advertised in the SPAM messages that are hosted in China. When the tanks start rolling into (over) those data centers, then I will start rejoicing. Then again, all the SPAMMERS will just move on to the next country that doesn't care about policing its activities because it brings in revenue.
The viagra email has pretty much stopped too.
of course, with China being the place it is, you sort of wonder if the real reason isn't something else more sinister.
The chinese government should go after the compromised servers that host worm codes used in many, many, web attacks nowadays. Once a worm has exploited a vulnerability to get onto a web server somewhere, it often fetches all its useful scripts from some server in China.
Well, this is great. Hope it lasts.
[edited by: bill at 1:04 am (utc) on May 8, 2008]
[edit reason] fixed spelling [/edit]