The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Saturday, May 20, 2006

MSN phisher Jayson Harris sentenced to 21 months.

Phisher Jayson Harris has been sentenced to 21 months in the slammer in connection with his phishing scheme carried out against MSN customers.

In December, Harris pled guilty to fraud and wire fraud. He could have faced up to 30 years on those charges, so the 21-month sentence is practically a slap on the wrist.

The phish was a fairly conventional one, in which email spam was sent to MSN customers that directed them to a fake MSN web site set up to collect credit card and other personal information.

Harris was tracked down by Microsoft security, who then informed the FBI.

The phish snagged between 50 and 250 victims. Harris was ordered to repay approximately $57,000.

Microsoft claims to have filed 125 lawsuits against phishers, and had over 2000 web sites taken down.

For more details, see Yahoo! News and Information Week,


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