America Online Inc. (AOL) has filed three civil lawsuits against major phishing "gangs," seeking US$18 million from the groups, the company said Tuesday. AOL, using a Virginia antiphishing law adopted in July 2005, filed the lawsuits against several phishing groups in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria. The lawsuits also cite federal law focusing on trademark and antispam rules.
McAfee Inc.'s new consumer-focused Internet Security Suite 2006, with protections against spyware and phishing scams, is now available, the company announced. The product includes virus and identity theft protection.
E-mail scammers have shifted their sights from a staple diet of banks, betting shops and auction sites to government agencies, with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) calling in Australian Federal Police over a spam deluge that tries to send taxpayers to Trojan-infected Web sites.
A proposal to make it as difficult for Australians to open an Internet account as to open a bank account has drawn stinging criticism from online civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA).