China cracks down on mail servers

Published: 2006-04-15
Last Updated: 2006-04-15 15:31:28 UTC
by Tony Carothers (Version: 1)
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ISC received an email this morning from a reader that had come across a very interesting article about China and their control of their Internet world.  Summary version of the article is that it is illegal to run an unregistered mail server in China.  According to the interpretation, a new mail server must be registered, by IP address, 20 days before operating the mail server.  One authority quoted in the article, James Seng, says that based on the careful wording of the law, this is not a 'bureaucrat-gone-wild' situation, but a carefully worded document to address exactly what they want.  Additionally, the new regulations restrict discussing certain topics in email, one of them being information security.  This article really highlights how China rules their world, in contrast to ours, and the rest of the Internet world.
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