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Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus is opening up operations in China with the launch of a new site, Spamhaus.cn, this week.

For some time China has acted a 'safe-haven' for spammers offering so-called bullet-proof hosting - in reality, unscrupulous ISPs who pull the plug on spammers when enough complaints are received by their upstream provider. According to Spamhaus, China currently has three of the world's most spam-friendly ISPs: PCCW, Chinanet in Chongqing, and Chinanet in Guangdong. Foreign spammers (many from the US) have exploited China's historically lax attitude to junk mail to offshore spam runs to Chinese ISPs.

But attitudes in the Chinese ISP market are changing and local service providers have already shown their willingness to work with Spamhaus is rooting out illegal spam gangs, prompting Spamhaus to set up shop in the country.

"Our mission is to help Chinese email and technology providers rid themselves of companies who use the servers to send bulk unsolicited email around the globe. Already a number of email providers in China have started to use the Spamhaus Block List and we're getting good feedback from our partners," Danny Levinson, a representative of Spamhaus based in China, told China Tech News.

Last month, the Internet Society of China (ISC) invited Spamhaus's Richard Cox to Beijing and Xi'an for talks with businesses and government organisations on the spam problem. The success of these talks paved the way for establishing Spamhaus.cn. ®

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