Amelia Bentley reports:
A Sunshine Coast man accused of being the mastermind of the world’s largest online spam operation, which could send 10 billion emails a day, has been fined $210,000 by a Brisbane court.
Lance Thomas Atkinson, 26, who today failed to appear in court, was also banned from sending unsolicited commercial emails for the next seven years by the Federal Court in Brisbane.
The fine, imposed by Justice Andrew Greenwood, represents 7.82 per cent of the maximum fine of more than $2.5 million under the Spam Act.
However, the $210,000 penalty was of the order government lawyers had sought, telling the court Atkinson deserved a discount for co-operating with investigators.
Read more in The Age.