email and other ‘deviant’ behaviour
such as hacking and virus propagation on the
internet cannot be stopped using the law,
according to Leeds researcher David Wall,
who is studying the policing of internet activity.
internet world is the fastest moving area
of life yet seen and attempting to control
it solely by law is impossible – we
will forever be chasing a shadow,” he
Wall said order on the internet can only be
achieved by replicating the ways society achieves
it – with organisations and individuals
playing their part technologically, socially
and culturally to marginalise unacceptable
email, or ‘spam’, is a major problem
on the internet. Comprising up to half of
all net traffic, spam consumes network bandwidth
and costs society millions to deal with annually.
Wall said users should not reply to spams
as it only tells the sender that an email
address is valid and reveals information about
it. If possible, he said, do not use ‘out
of office’ replies, for the same reason.
do not open unsolicited email attachments
because the viruses could damage your data
files or even install a back door that would
allow others to steal your data or your identity.
“We need a broader policing approach
to the internet that encompasses public and
private legal action against spammers, more
sophisticated technological security measures
and user education,” said Professor