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Microsoft Sues 117 Phishers

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the flushing-out-the-rats dept.

The Courts 170

An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this week Microsoft filed 117 John Doe cases today to learn the identity of scam artists who have been targeting its Hotmail and MSN customers in phishing scams, according to a Washington Post story. This is the same tactic the music and motion picture industries have used to mixed success against file-swappers, except in this case the ISPs themselves are some of the biggest targets of phishing scams. The story says the tactic has already worked once for Microsoft; in a case last year where ISP subpoenas led to a kid in Iowa who was caught phishing MSN users from his grandpa's dial-up account. The 21-year-old was ordered to pay Microsoft $3 million, but I doubt his job at Blockbuster is going to make a dent in that debt."

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This isn't an april fools joke guys. (3, Informative)

toadlife (301863) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117857)

NO. Really. It isn't.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (2, Insightful)

Perky_Goth (594327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117909)

Finally?
Clue, April Fools is supposed to entertain, mislead and laugh.
Not bore to death and steal attention from real news.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118375)

Yes, and that is why it's so hard to tell this apart from slashdot's April fool's jokes.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (5, Insightful)

aixou (756713) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117910)

What's the problem? Phishing scams need to be stopped, plain and simple.

Now that more and more of the "unwashed masses" are using online services like Paypal and eBay, phishing scams are all over the place. It's getting a little ridiculous. These phishers need to be sent to Federal "pmita" Prison sooner rather than later.
Phishers of that type (those stealing money and credit card numbers) lack integrity and they lack honor, and they need to be put away.

What's the problem? (1)

abulafia (7826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118555)

These fraud artists need to be put away in "pmita" prisons, for selling miracle cures and housing siding to old people. And selling the Brooklyn bridge. And selling this hot new miracle cure.

This is an old scam. Fixing the systemic problems that enables it on the net (too easy information sharing, government mandated IDs that can easily be misused, etc.) is hard, and requires government action. It is only becoming easy because of tech; and saying that punishing people harder because the tech slider moved is the functionally the same argument that calls for protecting buggy whip makers. The bar moved; things that used to work need to, too. There are always scammers and parasites. punishing them more doesn't fix the problem that allows them to do the job. Unfortunately, there are a lot of interests that profit from the current situation, not to mention the terrorism hysteria, sotightening up personal privacy is an uphill battle at the moment. Sucks to be a middle class victim right now, but that's who's paying for it. And lots of them are paying.

BTW. This is one of my political hot points. But anyone who believes that prison rape is an equitable punishment for being found guilty for any of the things that are currently on the books is someone that needs to take a serious look at their morals, the law, or, preferably, both. If you're just joking, take a look at what actually happens. If you're not, I hope you just have yet to think about what you're saying.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (2, Funny)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117942)

NO. Really. It isn't.

Microsoft suing 117 Phish fans is not a joke?

Come to think of it.... (2, Funny)

toadlife (301863) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118001)

...there is some humor in envisioning the look on Microsoft's lawyers when they are awarded a 34th generation tape of Halloween 94', and a half empty bottle of Patchouli Oil.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118608)

"Microsoft suing 117 Phish fans is not a joke?"

Nope, dumb phuck.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (4, Insightful)

dsginter (104154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118191)

What's really funny is that the submitter tried to make MS look like the bad guy. In reality, what MS have done is good for everyone who wants to use the internet legitimately.

I believe that's what they call "spin".

You sure? (1)

jd (1658) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118238)

I'd have thought they'd hire them to "improve" sales.

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (1)

boingyzain (739759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118272)

No, it isn't... Its April Phools!

Re:This isn't an april fools joke guys. (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118424)

It has to be a joke. No article on Slashdot about Microsoft would actually be positive!

Old (-1, Troll)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117858)

What is this, 4 days old? Slashdot is seriously slower than the Pony Express.

Re:Old (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117899)

they were to busy posting all the stupid gag stories to keep up with the real news ;P

Re:Old (1)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117990)

gag stories? wait, your telling me slashdot is about stuff that matters? no way!

hmm.. (1)

charon_1 (562573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117860)

Is this finally for real?
(didn't RTFA)

Re:hmm.. (2, Insightful)

toadlife (301863) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117870)

Yes. As a previous poster stated, ZDNet (and countless other news sites) reported this four days ago.

I'm hope the april fools crap is over. None of them were good anyway.

Re:hmm.. (1)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118484)

My favorite, by far, is still "Squant".

Fool's Post (1)

zallus (714582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117863)

It would be quite amusing if it turned out one of the Phisher's names was "John Doe".

Re:Fool's Post (1)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117912)

I think it would be more amusing if it was Trey Anastasio or Mike Gordon.

Re:Fool's Post (1)

Jorkapp (684095) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118345)

or Mike Rowe...

Re:Fool's Post (1)

Baricom (763970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118083)

I would be surprised if anybody in the Doe clan makes the mistake of naming their children "John" or "Jane."

Re:Fool's Post (1)

chris_mahan (256577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118087)

How about Jon, or Jayne? Didja think 'bout that?

Re:Fool's Post (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118586)

How about Jon, or Jayne? Didja think 'bout that?

That wouldn't be surprising - that'd be plain mean :)

I got a better idea. (5, Funny)

Threatis (847906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117866)

lets just instate a cull. give us all "Phishing Hunting" licenses, and let us roam the country side with the weapons of our choice.

Re:I got a better idea. (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118049)

Sound dangerous to turn people loose with phishion weapons.

Re:I got a better idea. (1)

LHSPomPom (844803) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118076)

Shouldn't that just be a Phishing license?

Re:I got a better idea. (1)

Threatis (847906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118091)

no, a ohishing license is a license to phish. a phishing hunter license offers the ability to hunt phishjers, who are the ones who end up phishing.....but i can see how you could be confused.

Re:I got a better idea. (1)

John Sullivan (234934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118177)

Two game wardens, seven hunters and a cow.

Re:I got a better idea. (3, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118089)

There's no such thing! That's a dog licence with the word "dog" crossed out and "phisher" written in in crayon!

Re:I got a better idea. (1)

Threatis (847906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118100)

i like the cut of your jib, you're a liutenant in the Cull.

BTW (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118174)

Do you ever wonder why something that sounds perfectly normal when spoken but has the same word twice in a row (e.g. "written in in crayon") can look so incredibly stupid when written?

There is a big difference... (4, Insightful)

nebaz (453974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117869)

between file swapping and phishing.

Re:There is a big difference... (1)

rd_syringe (793064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117981)

I didn't see that comparison being made in the article submission. There's no need to get defensive about piracy. This is a victory against phishing scams that we should be happy about. Piracy is another issue for another day.

Re:There is a big difference... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118025)


just like file sharing and terrorism [kuro5hin.org] ?

phishing (2, Funny)

Daltorak (122403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118108)

I have fifteen Phish concerts shared out over Bittorrent, you insensitive clod!

Re:phishing (1)

Threatis (847906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118117)

actually, i think you're onto something, maybe Microsoft is actually sueing Phish fans. hmmmmm, that adds a whole new perspective to this situation.

Question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117872)

Can anyone go to http://abc.go.com/video/player.html [go.com] , click the Episode 19 recap for Lost, and figure out the direct URL for the Windows Media stream? I know this is offtopic, but I don't know where else to ask. The WMV plugin's not working on my (Mac OS X) computer, and I'd like to see the video. Thanks.

Re:Question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117964)

I believe the URL is something like... goatse.cx

Happy viewing, asshole.

Ummm, did they or didn't they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117877)

With the massive fraud by the operators of this site today, how do we know one way or the other?

Re:Ummm, did they or didn't they? (2, Funny)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118005)

With the massive fraud by the operators of this site today, how do we know one way or the other?

Wait till the dup tomorrow if it is real.

Re: Ummm, did they or didn't they? (2, Funny)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118078)

With the massive fraud by the operators of this site today (..)

What on earth are you talking about, my dear friend?

I mean, I used to think that Slashdot was going down the drain with them countless trolls, duped stories, and crazy moderation.

How wrong I was! (and I hereby sincerely apologize to the editors for not appreciating the true value of their work). Many sites all over the web are posting crazy hoaxes, where you need to Google, or wait a day an re-check, just to find out if it was true or not.

In contrast, Slashdot stayed close to its roots, and posted a row of quality stories about 'Stuff that matters'. And for a change, moderators outdid themselves to separate good from bad comments, prime example being this story [slashdot.org] .

Really, the last few hours have returned my faith in Slashdot as one of THE best tech-related news sites. Thumbs up, and keep 'm coming, Taco!

Re: Ummm, did they or didn't they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118359)

> as one of THE best tech-related news sites

Huh? What news? The posts have been 99% garbage today. The site has hit an all time low since I started reading it daily in Oct 98.

It's April Fools (-1, Offtopic)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117879)

And I have mod points. Guide me!

Re:It's April Fools (0)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117998)

may need to mod yourself up there buddy, no wait, you cant mod yourself. ah your screwed now!

Chuck Barris would approve (0, Offtopic)

OSXexpert (859428) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117885)

Somehow I think Chuck is rolling over in his grave approving of this post. Wasn't Zonk the type of candy in the 70s or possibly the term used for someone that was gonged out of competition during chuck's drug induced state of euphoric fun called the Gong Show :)

This IS an april fools joke (0, Redundant)

wildchild978 (458123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117897)

the joke is that it's about 5 days old.

0401 (1)

Phoenixhunter (588958) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117898)

I've been noticing a couple of websites that have been adding 'tags' to news posts to differentiate between the 'funny' and the real. Might we see something like this next year?

Re:0401 (1)

opusman (33143) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118183)

I haven't noticed much difference in the quality and accuracy of the stories this April 1st compared to any other day...

Re:0401 (1)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118492)

I thought that was the point - you had to 'guess' what was real and what wasn't. Although, the rampant ThinkGeek advertising this year really turned me off to what is usually a fun and halarious day. "Scientific American Gives Up" was good, but in the past we've had a lot of real gems. Guess this wasn't our year, or perhaps Slashdot has jumped the shark.

People stop posting. (1, Funny)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117905)

I think its because of all the "joke" posts. Next year I hope this dosen't get repeated because this is a REAL post.

Re:People stop posting. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118485)

Jesus. How old are you? 15? Go back you rour masturbation!

Re:People stop posting. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118713)

Tell me about it. Stop phishing for mod points and start posting some real thoughts, not bad puns.

Make Money Fast! (4, Interesting)

jokestress (837997) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117906)

I just googled the phisher king's name and saw a few MMF spams from 1999 with that name and a Davenport street address. Coincidence?

Nope (1)

MHobbit (830388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117911)

This isn't an April's Fools joke. It's a vision into the future, where a phisher's name really IS John Doe!

this is the silliest april fools joke story yet (0, Flamebait)

swschrad (312009) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117915)

hee hee, microsoft, which never misses a chance to get its hands in users' pockets, is getting after somebody else who wants to do the same? TOO funny!!! ROFL!!!!!! ah, geez, how do they keep coming up with this stuff?

Re:this is the silliest april fools joke story yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118255)

More like Microsoft the company that is the best a screwing people over vs Phishers who really need to be screwed...
(and not in the sexual way)

Phishing != File trading (5, Informative)

sfcat (872532) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117919)

Let's see here, in one case you are stealing actual money from the general public. In the other case, you are trading some copyrighted work that you already own. In addition, file trading isn't stealing, it is a violation of copyright law. Also, there is a reason to believe that file trading actually helps the artists by increasing the public's awareness of their music/art/whatever.

I can't believe that the slashdot editors greenlighted such a poorly worded post on the front page. At the very least, they should have edited the post before putting it on the front page. WTF, they should know the different between file trading and phishing.

Oh, they should string up the phishers by their thumbs. Good for MS (I don't believe I just wrote that, it really is April Fools Day)

Translation (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117937)

Translation: "As a pirate, I want to justify taking music without paying for it. So I will accuse the post of being 'poorly worded' in order to justify my activities. I'll even suggest I'm helping the artists! Why, I asked for their permission to distribute the album they put out for sale."

Note that I'm not speaking out against piracy. But I don't respect anybody who pretends piracy is anything more than what it is, a self-serving activity. I've pirated music, and I fully acknowledge it was because I was too cheap to pay the artist for it.

Re:Phishing != File trading (4, Insightful)

jxyama (821091) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118142)

>there is a reason to believe that file trading actually helps the artists by increasing the public's awareness of their music/art/whatever.

i always hate this line of reasoning. the fact is, whether or not filesharing helps the actual copyright holder is irrelevant. you don't have the right to re-distribution, plain and simple. let the copyright holder decide for him/herself if they want to allow sharing. otherwise, it's just poor attempt at justifying copyright infringement.

i have the right to determine who enters my house. even if there are outsiders that can help me out, ultimately i make the decision whether or not they enter my house.

Re:Phishing != File trading (0, Troll)

sfcat (872532) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118230)

i always hate this line of reasoning. the fact is, whether or not filesharing helps the actual copyright holder is irrelevant

You're correct, it is irrelevant, but if it turns out that file sharing increases total CD sales (and some studies have shown that it does) then sueing file swappers is just plain stupid. Microsoft (who has more money in the bank than the music industry grosses as a whole in 5 years and who grosses 5x what the entire music industry grosses in a year) built their empire by encouraging pirating of their software. Many bands have increased their CD sales by allowing music trading (Grateful Dead, hello?). The Grateful Dead also are one of the most successful bands in history measured by CD or concert sales. But I guess ignorate business strategy is okay as long a congress passes laws to prop it up. So, how is that job a the RIAA working out for you?

No it's quite relivant (4, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118624)

How severe a crime is normally comes from what kind of harm it causes. Murder is a very severe crime since the harm is massive. Shoplifing is quite a minor crime since the harm is minimal. Speeding is just a civil matter, since there is no direct harm (just an increased probability of a mistake causing harm).

The way the MPAA/RIAA/etc talk about file sharing, they act like it's on the severity level of grand theft or so. They act as though massive amounts of actual harm are being caused. Thus they argue for stiff penalities, currently lawsuits in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and they want a law making it criminal carrying prison time.

In actuality, file sharing is like speeding. There is no direct harm. There is no loss of money, since they never had the money in the first place. There is a potential loss of money, since you now have something you potentially might have paid for, but then a bad review, friend's suggestion, or alternate product can cause the same thing. Also, even the potential loss is small.

Now phishing is a moderatly severe crime. It causes serious economic damage to the victim (phishers generally take them for all they can) as well as damage to their credit, which is difficult to repair, and the necessity to essentially recreate one's identity. The harm is very real, not at all potential.

Thus it's quite relivant to point out the difference. One is a much more severe crime. I fully support agressive tactics and stiff punishments to shut down and convict phishers, just as I do for armed robbers, car thieves and so on. I do not support agressive tactics and stiff punishments to shot down file sharers, any more than I do speeders, those that litter, underage drinkers and so on.

Read the post again? (1)

loqi (754476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118152)

This is the same tactic the music and motion picture industries have used to mixed success against file-swappers

Uhh, this is true. They're handling the case in pretty much the same way. That says nothing about the similarities/differences of phishing and file-swapping.

Re:Phishing != File trading (1)

bob670 (645306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118169)

"file trading isn't stealing, it is a violation of copyright law. Also, there is a reason to believe that file trading actually helps the artists by increasing the public's awareness of their music/art/whatever."

The sad part is you actually have repeated this bullshit enough you probably now believe it.

3million? (2, Funny)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117920)

"but I doubt his job at Blockbuster is going to make a dent in that debt"

I think I ow blockbusters about that with all these late returns.. god damn it.

Re:3million? (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118457)

But no more late fees, dude!

Bang the Bum Slowly (5, Funny)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117953)

It pounds, the drum, the drum, the drum
The tumbril rolls to its slow beat
Condemned and damned besot with rum
the doomed kneels down his doom to meet

His neck will feel the sharpened blade
his sand of life drifts thru the sieve
Fish not in royal ponds or glade
If long you have a wish to live

doom to phishers

I acutally thank Microsoft (2, Interesting)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117956)

They've began doing something I can enjoy. They've finally taken the side of the masses and not themselves!!

Re:I acutally thank Microsoft (3, Insightful)

rapidweather (567364) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118178)

Well, they are only trying to defend the products that they have put out there.

I understand that Hotmail has to deal with a lot of this kind of spam.

The suits act as a deterent and sends a message that Microsoft is trying to hunt these people down and stop their operations.

Here's a link [msn.com] to the MSNBC story.

A Kid?? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117960)

I guess if we're using the car rental reckoning. In what world does a man who's old enough to have a BS classiy as a kid?

So who gets the cash ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117984)


Microsoft if it was to do the decent thing would just hand over the evidence to the Police

by suing they get to make a load of cash at the same time all at the expense of people the phishers ripped off in teh first place, where some see shit others see gold

nice huh

Re:So who gets the cash ? (1)

Bigthecat (678093) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118208)

Right, and you actually think that companies get the large payments that they're awarded from people who are broke or have no income? Most of the time they lose money on legal fees in cases such as these. The idea that Microsoft is going to make a bundle of money out of this is ludicrous.

Hehe (4, Funny)

kernel_dan (850552) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117985)

Microsoft doing something for their customers? That cracks me up every time.

Re:Hehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12117992)

Microsoft doing something for their customers?

so when do i get my check ? when do the people all over the world who have been ripped off get theirs ?

Microsoft loves profiting from other peoples work

Re:Hehe (1)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118015)

"Microsoft loves profiting from other peoples work"

That is how they started out afterall. Scum.

I don't get it (1)

Mechcozmo (871146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12117993)

This one is like all the others.... not funny, poorly written, and kinda boring...

Are we sure it isn't another April Fools story? Microsoft doing something good?

In other news... (0)

coastal984 (847795) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118007)

32 of the John Doe's indicted ended up being MS software engineers working in Redmond...

And the truth comes out...

Nothing changes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118008)


Microsoft always did make money from other peoples work, this time its just phishers instead of sofware companies but the results are the same, rich lawyers, income streams up, and customers are still without their money.

THE POPE IS DEAD (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118014)



whoops sorry, i meant 10 million Africans are dead from AIDS because the Pope said "don't use condoms"
my bad

If Open Source Ruled the World... (1)

benw1979 (779210) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118046)

In an Open Source world, would we ever see these kinds of lawsuits? Is there afterall some use for these large companies with big $$$ ?

Re:If Open Source Ruled the World... (1)

Suicyco (88284) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118147)

Who ever said open source was about not making money?

Last I checked, Redhat had some big pockets, as did Novell.

first post (-1, Offtopic)

nsasch (827844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118048)

FIRST POST!

Re:first post (0)

ksaville00 (833015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118077)

wow...a little late? Maybe next time refresh in another browser to see...

Re:first post (1)

nsasch (827844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118398)

ah, I know it's too late. April Fool's Day posts were just pissing me off enough. It led to pointless comments on almost all posts, and this really late first post. Because I proved on a few other posts that nobody's wasting mod points today.

In other news... (-1, Offtopic)

blcamp (211756) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118059)

...my shoelaces are untied.

Pathetic Wording! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118084)

In my years of reading slashdot, this is one of the most horribly worded article submissions.

Does slashdot editors consider music sharing in the same light as phishing/spamming and the magic love pill? The teenager seems to be mentioned on the same lines of the other youngsters who were targetted by the RIAA.

In related news, which company makes the most focused effort to bringing the spam-pigs to justice? Check Here [zdnet.com]

I can see only one reason for all this. Its Microsoft!

Re:Pathetic Wording! (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118388)

The wording is bad, I agree. But I do believe that MicroSoft would be happy if the general public were to equate phishers with file sharers.

117? Sweet! (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118092)

I wonder if anyone else who saw they were going after 117 phishers thought the same thing I did.

(Namely, something along the lines of: OMG WTF!?!? 117??? Freakin sweet!! Bungie r0x0rs & MS kicks teh butt MC style!).

Ahem, don't ask.

Re:117? Sweet! (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118219)

You know, the number 117 is the only thing that made me think twice and say "hey maybe this is an april fool's joke." I did recall seeing the same news posted a few days ago though, so I sort of doubt it's a joke. Still, the presense of the 11 and 7 is kinda a weird cooincidence.

I've been playing too much Halo.. (0, Offtopic)

NobleArc (773827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118099)

It says "117 John Doe", but I read "John-117", the name of the protaganist in Halo and Halo 2, published by MS. Weird.

Cu8 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118121)

of Waln0t Creek, as to which *BSD national gay nigger their parting

April the first (0, Offtopic)

uspsguy (541171) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118132)

I think I'll come back tomorrow then good, dependable returns to /.

Re:April the first (1)

Bob(TM) (104510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118206)

Better wait longer than that ...

Cleaning up one tiny bit of their mess (0, Troll)

Dracos (107777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118559)

Email phishing is a small part of the problem that Microsoft has spent the last 15 years creating: the average user is totally ignorant of how to use a computer.

Windows goes out of its way to protect itself from the user, and its architecture is so full of holes that it then exposes that user to spam, viruses, phishing, identity theft, etc. Knowledge is power, and Joe User has no power over their computer, because Microsoft forgoes useful documentation, overwhelming users with the perceived need for functionality (email, documents, media) instead of teaching users how to use that functionality responsibly. Microsoft maintains the power by keeping users in the dark.

If p2p authors can be held accountable for how their software is used, then MS should be held responsible for allowing virii to be assembled via drag-n-drop in Visual Studio.

Spelling Problem (1)

ReadParse (38517) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118595)

It's not phishers... it's phishermen. Sheesh ;)

RP

21 is not a 'kid'. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118597)

21 is an adult. Using grandpa's dial-up account or not, he should (if found guilty) be screwed as much as the law permits.

Damn parasites.

Why is a 21-year old man described as a "kid"? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118663)

Surely somebody who has reached the age of 21-years should no longer be considered a kid in any sense of the word? Is labelling him a "kid" somehow meant to explain or even excuse his actions?

new revenue model... (2, Insightful)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 9 years ago | (#12118678)

1) Produce email software with massive security problems...
2) Ignore your customers complaints about fixing it...
3) .....
4) Profit

tthis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12118709)

this is old news... I'd find the link, but I'm to drunk...

welcome to slashdot, you newbs.. (wiyth MY high numnber)

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