Spammers blast unwanted emails to billions of internet users
Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have welcomed
the arrests of two men suspected of being involved in one of South
Korea's biggest spam incidents.
The men, one aged 20 and the other 26 years old, are alleged to
have broken the law by sending out 1.6 billion spam emails between
September and December 2006. South Korean authorities in Seoul
claim that the duo, both computer programmers, obtained personal
and financial information from 12,000 victims which they then sold
to other firms.
"South Korea was revealed in Sophos's recent security report as the third-worst nation in the
world for relaying spam, and the authorities should be
congratulated for cracking down on spammers based in the country,"
Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Spammers are
battering inboxes in their attempt to make fast money, sell fake
goods, and - in the worst cases - steal identities."
In May 2006, South Korean authorities arrested a
man suspected of running a network of zombie computers alleged to
have sent 18 million spam messages a day.
"South Korea is admired around the world for its impressive
internet infrastructure, but with the widespread adoption of
broadband net connections comes the danger of spam, spyware and
malware," continued Cluley. "The courts in South Korea need to send
a strong message to abusers of the internet that their criminal
antics will not be tolerated."
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