The sentencing this week of a Texas man was a notable victory for the U.S. government in its fight against a form of online fraud known as "phishing." However, a recent surge in such scams highlights the need for more than customer education, with some computer security experts calling for major changes in the way sensitive information is exchanged online.
Zachary Keith Hill, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison
after pleading guilty to defrauding America Online Inc. (AOL) and PayPal customers with a sophisticated online phishing con, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.
That was a long article, even for MacCentral, but a good read, especially if you are unfamiliar with phishing.
I am not sure that putting these people in jail are the answer, as this nation's jails are overcrowded as it is. I would much rather see the DOJ have obscene fines and actually enforce them. The DOJ also needs a higher convict-through rate though.