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Steps Taken to Curb Mobile Spam

In a measure aimed at stopping spammers, Korea's cell phone users will later this year be prohibited from sending more than 1,000 messages a day from their handsets.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Tuesday said it plans to phase in the daily ceiling in cooperation with the country's three mobile carriers.

``After the 1,000th message of the day is transmitted, the next one will be automatically blocked by the envisioned system,'' a ministry director, Seo Seok-jin, said.

``Ordinary citizens will not be affected by the policy because it is practically impossible for them to send 1,000 messages a day on a cell phone. Just mobile spammers may surpass the mark as they use devices specifically designed for sending out spam,'' he said.
As of May, Seo said 428 users sent more than 1,000 messages a day with the average being 10,200. That means they shot messages once every 4.23 seconds.

ยป The Korea Times - Kim Tae-gyu - 12-07-2006

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