In Britain, spammers will pay

Friday, 19 September 2003, 2:12 PM EST

Britain Thursday became the second country in Europe to criminalize spam, the unwanted barrage of e-mail and mobile phone text messages promising riches, cheap home loans and a better sex life.

The unsolicited messages, which industry groups say account for more than half of all e-mails sent, have become a time- and resource-wasting scourge of Internet users everywhere.

Under the new British law, spammers face an $8,057 fine if convicted in a magistrates court. The fine from a jury trial would be unlimited. Spammers would not face prison, according to the new law, introduced by Communications Minister Stephen Timms Thursday.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Bash Shellshock bug: More attacks, more patches

Posted on 29 September 2014.  |  As vendors scramble to issue patches for the GNU Bash Shellshock bug and companies rush to implement them, attackers around the world are probing systems for the hole it opens.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Tue, Sep 30th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //