More than 2,600 fake base stations have been shut down

Cell phone spammers in China are getting nabbed by officials in a major crackdown, which began in February. 

According to Reuters, Chinese officials have managed to catch 1,530 people associated with fake telecommunication base stations. These stations send spam text messages like phishing attempts, fake real estate offers and pornography to mobile telephones in an attempt to access bank accounts and more. 

Since the campaign started in February, the Ministry of Public Security said officials have shut down more than 2,600 fake base stations and have identified 3,540 "suspected criminal acts."

One group in particular sent as many as 200 million spam messages. 

Back in 2006, report from security firm Sophos said that the United States was the top spam-sending nation at the time, but that Asia was set to soon take that spot with China at the front lines. The top five spam nations were The United States (23.1 percent), China (21.9 percent), South Korea (9.8 percent), France (4.3 percent), and Poland (3.8 percent). 

Source: Reuters

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