According to reports, an Australian man is being investigated for illegally spamming users on the internet by sending up to 2 billion emails promoting Viagra. Sound familiar? Chances are many of you have deleted these spam emails over and over and over in your mail boxes. Its nice that the individual has been nabbed, maybe someone can do something about the internet service providers in The Netherlands that carried out the action and seemingly looked the other way.
Danyel Molenaar, a project manager for the Dutch Independent Regulator of Post and Telecommunications, said the man had rented 35 servers for around 14,000 Australian dollars (US$10,493; euro8,256) each per month from a small Internet service provider in the Netherlands to carry out the alleged spam campaign.
“These 35 servers were used just for sending spam day-in, day-out for at least a year, probably longer,” Molenaar said Wednesday. “This operation probably sent out billions and billions of e-mails.”
Luckily for internet users, the unidentified spammer performed this act is Australia who has some of the toughest spamming laws. I can think of a couple of punishments for this individual.
Australia has some of the toughest laws in the world against spamming, the notoriously hard-to-stop practice of flooding as many inboxes as possible with unwanted sales messages in the hope some of the receivers will reply.
Under Australia’s Spam Act of 2003, it is illegal for Australian residents to be involved in the sending of unsolicited commercial e-mails, even if they are generated from outside the country.
Penalties for spamming in Australia range from 220,000 Australian dollars (US$164,765) per day for first-time corporate offenders to A$1.1 million (US$823,826) per day for repeat offenders.