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South Korean Spammers Arrested by Police

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:02:09 -0600

South Korean duo arrested for 1.6 bln spam e-mails

Two South Korean computer programmers have been arrested on suspicion
of sending out 1.6 billion spam e-mail messages in violation of the
country's commerce laws, police said on Tuesday.

The two men, one aged 20 and the other 26, are suspected of sending
out the unsolicited e-mail messages between September and December
last year in what police describe as one of the biggest spam blasts in
the country's history.

The two are suspected of obtaining personal and financial data from
12,000 South Koreans who responded to their spam messages. The pair
then sold information on those people to lending services firms in
return for 100 million won ($106,400), police said.

Police said they will soon turn over evidence on the pair, who were
not named, to prosecutors who will then tell the court what sort of
criminal penalties they are seeking against the two.

"This kind of spam mailing is causing enormous problems in South Korea
and we think these two are responsible for some of the biggest
abuses," a police official said by telephone.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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