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Australian man alledgedly sent more than 2 billion junk e-mails

The Associated Press
Updated: 2:45 p.m. CT Sept 13, 2006

SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian man is under investigation for sending more than 2 billion junk e-mails in one year to promote Viagra, an official said Wednesday.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority began investigating the man, whose identity was not immediately released, after receiving a tip from Dutch authorities last year.

Its chairwoman, Lyn Maddock, said officials had searched the man's home and were examining the evidence. She said more than 2 billion e-mails were sent to Internet users around the world. The authority declined to give further details while the investigation was under way.

Under Australia's 2003 anti-spam law, Australian residents who send unsolicited commercial e-mails, even from outside the country, are subject to penalties ranging from about $164,000 per day for first-time corporate offenders to about $823,000 per day for repeat offenders.



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