Good news for every Internet user today as Microsoft sued 129 phishers this week in Europe and the Middle East.
"Sometimes we initiate our own legal action, but more importantly we work with law enforcement agencies," said Nancy Anderson, deputy general counsel at the software company.
Of the 129 lawsuits that have been initiated, 97 are criminal procedures in which Microsoft and other technology companies have provided information.
The announcement was made at a European Union conference on identity theft in Brussels.
Phishing has mushroomed over the last few years, with the number of attempts to trick citizens into handing over their bank account details almost doubling in the first half of 2006 to 157,000, according to a recent report from security software vendor Symantec.
I wonder if they could do anything against world's top 10 spammers. If they really cause 80 percent of all spam then a couple of lawsuits could make a real difference.