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Dutch Anti-Spam Activist Rejo Zenger. (International Report: Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Dutch Anti-Spam Activist Rejo Zenger. (International Report: Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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The spam wars in Europe are heating up. They are also becoming more contentious. For instance, when Dutch anti-spam activist Rejo Zenger set up a name-and-shame Web site (http://www.spamvrij.nl) listing Dutch companies that send out spam or employ others to do so, he immediately received abusive phone calls and a barrage of threats for legal action.

Zenger himself dismissed the threats as "merely intimidation." However, when his Web-hosting company, HostingXS, also began receiving menacing phone calls, it pulled the site. "The spammer threatened them with physical violence," says Zenger, "and they got a bit nervous."

Thanks to the publicity generated, however, Zenger was inundated with offers to host the site elsewhere. "In less than 12 hours," he says, he was back online.

Currently, more than 40 companies are listed on Zenger's site. "It's quite shocking to see that large and well-known companies in Holland are involved in spamming," he says.

In fact, Zenger is not the only European to attract the ire of spammers. London-based Steve Linford, who heads up a volunteer spain-stopping campaign called Spamhaus, regularly receives abusive messages and calls. …

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