China tries to can spam

The Internet Society of China is hoping to bring the problem of spam under control in the world's most populous country by blocking emails sent from about 125 servers that have been identified as sources of junk email. But the move, which is limited in scope, falls short of shutting off access from hundreds of servers at Chinese ISPs that are sources of spam in China and around the world. The blocked list is heavily tilted toward heading off spam sent from servers in Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province, and includes eight servers in China, 90 in Taiwan and 27 in other countries, including 16 in the US and six in South Korea. The ISC has been concerned for some time with the mounting problem posed by spam and actions taken by ISPs in other countries to blacklist Chinese servers that are used to distribute unsolicited emails.

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