One-million-euro fine for spreading illegal software
Two Dutch businessmen received a fine of EUR 1 million for distributing illegal software.
19 December 2007
AMSTERDAM -Two Dutch businessmen received a fine of EUR 1 million for distributing illegal software, Dutch telecom watchdog Opta announced on Tuesday.
It is the first time Opta has fined people responsible for spreading illegal software. Internationally, it also marks one of the biggest cases of illegal software crime.
In 2005, the two businessmen used three of their companies to distribute DollarRevenue, software that spread advertising and spy programmes among internet users.
DollarRevenue also gave the two businessmen unlimited access to personal data on computers it had infected.
Opta does not want to release the names of the businessmen or their companies, but stresses they were Dutch.
An Opta spokesman told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa some 22 million computers had been infected by the illegal software.
He said that internet crime and the distribution of illegal software were very sophisticated industries in the Netherlands due to the fact that computer ownership and internet access among Dutch nationals are among the highest in the world.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news