Europe imports an American problem - spam

Monday, 2 June 2003, 12:16 AM EST

Nearly all the spam messages are in English, originate in the United States and don't even bother to price their wares in Euros.

"It's always some unbelievable business opportunity, which is what we get from America," said Olle Thylander of the Swedish University Computer Network, a Stockholm-based group that oversees Internet traffic for Swedish universities.

Although there are no complete figures about the volume of spam Europeans receive, many contend it's on the rise. Yet Europeans find little common ground on how to combat the American scourge.

In essence, Europeans are importing an American problem but not any tough solutions. Unlike the strictest laws in Virginia and other U.S. states, European Union rules don't call for jail time.

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