22 Dec 2009

Australian fine for NZ spammer

7:46 pm on 22 December 2009

An Australian judge has fined a New Zealand-born man who headed one of the world's largest online spamming operations more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Lance Atkinson, who now lives in Queensland, admitted to being involved in a large-scale spam operation that delivered emails to Internet users all over the world.

The Australian federal judge, Andrew Greenwood, fined Atkinson $262,000 and imposed a seven-year injunction on him sending spam.

In his judgment, Justice Greenwood labelled the spam as "annoying and irritating", but noted that Atkinson had cooperated with the court.

Atkinson has previously been fined $20 million by United States authorities and $108,000 in New Zealand.