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Legal Action Against Phishers Taken By Microsoft

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posted on Nov, 23 2006 @ 07:10 AM
Microsoft has initiated one hundred twenty-nine lawsuits against website owners who try to steal important information from people over the Internet, or against phishers. The people in question are in Europe and the Middle East. The cases are against people who were setting up and using fraudulent Hotmail and web pages. It is being said that phishing has almost doubled in the first half of 2006 reaching one hundred fifty-seven thousand cases. Once the victem turns over the important information to the phishers it is used to commit fraud.
Microsoft Corp. has initiated 129 lawsuits in Europe and the Middle East against website owners who try to steal bank account details of gullible people over the internet, phishers, the company said Wednesday.

It said all these cases are against individuals who attempted to capture log-in and password details of users by setting up fraudulent Hotmail and sign-in pages.

The software company has a Global Phishing Enforcement program, which aims to thwart efforts of criminals who create fake websites and try to obtain information on passwords and bank account details by tricking the users. The company uses its technology to crawl the internet to identity such fraudulent webpages.

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I know there is a lot of people out there that don't like the amount of power or the hold that Microsoft holds on the software industry. However I also think that phishers are a real problem. Even if these criminals don't get your most sensitive information, such as banking information, they will use what ever they do have to try to find the most sensitive information that they need, and should they be successful the fraud will happen which could not only mean loosing almost everything you have saved, but also your identity. So in this case weather you like Microsoft or not I say a good start to what will hopefully be a job well done.

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