Cyber-cursers cash in on new trend

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am

Sending out offensive messages on the internet has become a very common practice among mainlanders.

And, believe it or not, some have made a career out of helping others send e-mails or short messages with abusive language to other internet users. The money can be good, too.

This 'service' originated from online games where players could use somebody else to send a nasty comment to a fellow player. But recently this phenomenon has spread to include those using the internet in general.

'Ju Wang Diao Cha' is the Net-name of a cyber-curser who has been on the job for about a year.

He sends messages through e-mail, QQ, MSN and other online communication tools. 'The offensive content can be assigned by the client or improvised by the sender. Each 'attack' consists of no less than 10 messages,' he says. 'We absolutely keep the client's information secret and would not leave any trace. So we are almost sure that we cannot be detected.'

The cyber-curser says the client just provides the name and contact information of his or her target, and he will take action.

'I am just starting off in this field and I earn about 2,000 yuan [HK$2,272] a month. Usually I work from 10am to 10pm. Some veterans have a steady client base and can make 5,000 yuan a month,' he says.

He says people come to him because they are afraid of being tracked down by the victim. Then there are some who are too embarrassed to do it on their own, he adds.

Lin Yunjing, a psychologist from Foshan Healthy Club, thinks it is natural for someone to curse others when they are annoyed or misunderstood.

'But I don't think that is the right approach. You don't solve your problem by insulting others,' he says. 'This type of service not only causes great pressure and suffering to victims, but also has a bad influence on social morality.'