Microsoft has filed legal charges against 129 phishing operations throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Nancy Anderson, deputy general counsel at the software giant, revealed the legal offensive during an EU conference on identity theft.
The actions have ranged in severity from €1,000 settlements with teenaged phishers, to a 30-month jail term handed out to a Turkish man convicted of phishing.
The initiative targets phishing operations that use Hotmail and MSN services to lure users to fake websites designed to trick them into handing over bank account information, credit card numbers and passwords.
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