Spammer fined 75,000 euro
2 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Telecom market regulator Opta imposed a 75,000-euro fine on a Dutch spammer.
2 February 2007
AMSTERDAM – Telecom market regulator Opta imposed a 75,000-euro fine on a Dutch spammer.
The man sent at least 9 billion e-mails containing advertising material and earned at least US $ 52,000 in the process.
Opta tracked the man down after a tip from US software company Microsoft.
The man, a resident of Noord-Holland, rented computers in the US to send the spam. The e-mails included advertisements for Viagra and pornographic websites.
This is the highest fine Opta has ever imposed on a spammer. The regulator says that it was an aggravating factor that the man used the computers of innocent people to send the spam.
Sending unsolicited e-mail to private persons has been banned since 19 May 2004. Opta is currently aiming to nail another four spammers.
The Noord-Holland resident was the 13th person to be fined for sending spam.
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Subject: Dutch news