A phishing site operator from the US has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for running a bogus MSN billing website.
Jayson Harris, 23, was also ordered to pay $57,000 (£32,000) in damages. Harris had pleaded guilty on two counts of wire fraud and fraud.
Harris operated the bogus MSN billing website between January 2003 and June 2004, encouraging visitors to the site using links in spam e-mail messages.
The e-mails told MSN customers that they could get a 50% discount on next month’s service if they visited the bogus site, and updated their account information and credit card numbers.
Microsoft tracked down Harris and assisted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation enquiry into the fraud.
Microsoft has helped enforcement agencies in a number of cyber cases in the past 18 months, as it has ploughed resources into combating counterfeit software, spam e-mail and phishing.