BOSTON -- IT security firm Sophos has welcomed news that an Australian company and its director have been fined a total of 5.5 million Australian (AU) dollars (U.S. $4.2 million) after it was claimed they sent more than 200 million spam emails in a 12 month period.
The Perth-based spammer, Wayne Mansfield, and his company Clarity1, were found to have illegally sent out millions of spam messages in the 12 months since Australian spam laws were introduced in April 2004. In April 2006, Sophos reported on how authorities in Australia raided a suspected spam factory in Perth, during which the contents of computer hard disks and other material were seized.
"This is the first time that spammers have been successfully prosecuted under the Australian Spam Act, and represents a victory for the authorities and the man in the street pestered by nuisance email," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Spam is a global problem, and robust action needs to be taken against spammers - wherever they are based in the world - in order to send out a clear message that their activities are unacceptable. Substantial penalties must be handed out to those people who choose to spam and spam again in their hunt for a quick profit."