According to the IDC news service, the Americans hire local Chinese spammers who install servers at a Chinese ISP's data centers and host or maintain the spammer's Web sites, run scripts and send out spam.
According to the Spamhaus watchdog, that means China is the number 2 spamming nation - behind the US - with spam making up 71% of being hosted in China. Spamhause says that some of the worst spammers in the world have a presence in China.
Initially spam fighters found it difficult to convince the Chinese that spam was a problem, but now according to the IDG news service, that is starting to change as officials wake up to the problem. More than half of mail sent to Chinese users was spam, which makes about 47 billion pieces of spam received by Chinese users in 2003 and a collective 1.5 billion hours were wasted reading and deleting it.
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