|Microsoft Sues 129 Phishers|
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Wed, 22 Nov 2006 15:44:07 -0600
Microsoft brings 129 lawsuits against phishers|
Microsoft is helping law enforcers hunt down criminals who try to
One court case in Turkey has already led to a 2.5-year prison sentence
"Sometimes we initiate our own legal action, but more importantly we
Of the 129 lawsuits that have been initiated, 97 are criminal
The announcement was made at a European Union conference on identity
Phishing has mushroomed over the last few years, with the number of
The total amount of damages from phishing is expected to be $2.8
Phishers send emails, in which they pretend to be a financial
"Like most other cases of fraud, they prey on people's behavior,"
They also scour social networking sites and personal Web sites looking
While criminal complaints are aimed at what Microsoft believes to be
"It's certainly enough to make their parents very angry," a spokesman
Microsoft can initiate civil lawsuits even when it is not the target
"There are damages to our ability to conduct business. There are
The U.S. company has an investigative team at its headquarters in
Before legal action was taken, 253 cases were investigated. Most of
Britain led the civil orders with 18 out of a total 32.
Cases were also filed in Dubai, Italy, Morocco and the Netherlands.
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