Monday, November 02, 2009
Kiwi spammers fined...
Two Christchurch, NZ, men have been ordered to pay $150,000 between them after sending two million spam emails
Two Christchurch men must pay substantial fines after admitting being part of a major international spamming operation.
A High Court judge has ordered Shane Atkinson pay $100,000 and Ronald Smits $50,000.
The men were part of a Christchurch business which sent over two million unsolicited emails over four months in 2007, to New Zealand addresses marketing Herbal King branded pharmaceuticals manufactured in India.
Internal Affairs says the New Zealanders were part of the largest pharmaceutical spamming operation in the history of the internet.
Atkinson's brother Lance, who lives in Queensland, has also had to pay $100,000 and is facing court action in the United States.