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Spam campaign looms
www.chinaview.cn 2005-04-19 11:18:02

    BEIJING, April 19 -- A mobile message spamming program targeting illegal flyer posters will be launched in Shenzhen soon.

    Developed by Shenzhen Mutual Information Co. Ltd., the warning system sends short messages to mobile numbers on illegal flyer posters, telling users to accept punishment at appointed time and place after they are spotted and investigated by authorities. Otherwise, the government will spam the number with continuos short messages at the mobile phone ownerĄŻs expense.

    The urban administration authorities were discussing details with telecommunication departments, who were worried that the system might contradict agreements signed with their clients. Vice Mayor Lu Ruifeng had also asked the urban administration authorities to install the system urgently, said Wang Fangxi, a manager of the company.

    Illegal flyers are a chronic headache for authorities as they are constantly turning up on telephone booths, bus stops and street corners. Many of the postcard-sized advertisements promote prostitutes or forged documents such as ID cards or academic certificates, although some are for domestic help, apartment lease or other legal businesses.

    Authorities have waged a war since 2003 on illegal flyer posters with a barrage of phone calls to curb the activity because 80 percent of the flyers used mobile phone numbers as the contact point. The method proved effective, but some targeted mobile users got around the barrage by turning off their mobile phones for a period of time and continuing to use the phone after the pestering calls stopped, and some even transfer calls to other numbers.

    The new tactic has been reportedly introduced in cities such as Beijing, Dalian, Shenyang, Changchun and Wuhan, effectively stopping rampant posting of illegal flyers. Enditem

(Source: Shenzhen Daily)

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