Back in January, we posted about a case in which a scammer got convicted of phishing credit-card and other info from AOL users, and faced up to 101 years in prison. He's now been sentenced, and depending on how you look at it, got let off easy by getting sent to jail for 70 months. While his fate won't elicit much sympathy, it's also hard to see the case serving much wider use to society, despite the prosecution's insistence that it sends a proverbial message to phishers. The guy wasn't convicted of phishing, but rather of a litany of other fraud-related crimes, and it's hard to imagine that too many phishers don't understand they're breaking these, or any number of other, laws. Certainly this guy deserves some punishment for what he did, but to act like this sentence does anything to help stem the tide of phishing attacks hitting internet users each day is disingenuous, as a response-based legal strategy does very little to stop the attacks being carried out right now.
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