Microsoft is initiating over 100 legal actions across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) against online fraudsters.
Microsoft today announced its plan at a Brussels technology conference hosted by European ISPs.
Neil Holloway, Microsoft European president, unveiled a law enforcement campaign that will target cyber-criminals behind phishing attacks.
Microsoft said that by the end of June 2006 it will have initiated 100 legal actions in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa against individuals suspected of committing online fraud.
The company said over 50 of these actions would have already started by the end of this month.
“Phishing is a crime and undermines consumers’ trust in the internet and is an impediment to European policy-makers’ and industries’ efforts to boost citizens’ use of innovative and valuable internet services,” said Holloway.
The European legal actions are linked to Microsoft’s wider Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative (GPEI), launched to co-ordinate and expand the company’s anti-phishing efforts worldwide.
Bernhard Otupal, crime intelligence officer at Interpol’s financial and high-tech crime unit, said, “Partnership between Interpol and Microsoft has been of immense benefit to police in Interpol’s member countries, especially in relation to the training of officers in the latest technological advances.”
As part of its efforts, Microsoft is bringing legal actions against alleged phishers in Turkey, France, Spain, Morocco, the UK, Germany, Austria, Egypt and Sweden.
The cases are against people who have allegedly created websites to lure people into sharing their personal data, such as credit card numbers or bank account log-in information.