European Data Protection Digest

Spammer to Spend 18 Months in Jail

PRIVACY LAW—UK

November 25, 2010

A 33-year-old Scotland man will spend 18 months in jail after admitting he orchestrated a major e-mail scam, BBC News reports. The  case involved the man sending millions of e-mails worldwide that released a virus when opened, the report states, allowing him access to private images, wills and confidential medical reports. He also targeted major international organisations. The prosecutor described the man as being "part of the top-end international hacking community." The detective in the case said the conviction shows that "criminals can't hide online and are being held accountable for their actions."
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