Thailand's Prime Minister has expressed concern about an expected rise in illegal gambling during the Euro 2020 soccer tournament and has told the police and Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to step up surveillance.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will be ramping up measures to tackle cross-border gambling networks, including precision strikes on overseas gambling groups, and enhanced supervision of blockchain services and related platforms.
Chinese police have arrested 1,100 people for allegedly using crypto-currencies for illegal purposes such as money laundering and internet fraud.
Cyberspace Administration of China has announced four new measures to crackdown on cross border gambling, including precision strikes on overseas gambling groups, stepping up oversight of blockchain platforms, consolidating the responsibility for online platforms and improving its regulatory structure.
Chinese media reports that 914 people have voluntarily surrendered to the authorities for their involvement in cross border gambling.
China has investigated 18,000 cases of cross-border gambling and apprehended more than 110,000 people since 2020 and says it's reversing the rising trend, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
China is continuing its crackdown on cross border gambling, invalidating the passports of 145 nationals and restricting their departure from the country for three years.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said it has blocked 2,195 online gambling websites and terminated 19,765 telephone lines for sending spam SMS messages promoting gambling.
Any hopes that China’s anti-cross border gambling campaign may fade into the background have been dashed by Beijing’s latest pronouncements vowing a crackdown will be a key priority this year.
Chinese police have broken up more than 3,400 gambling platforms, and over 2,800 illegal payment platforms and underground banks since the crackdown on cross border gambling began in 2020, said the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday.