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Microsoft Vows To Keep Pressure On Phishers

Microsoft on Monday promised to file more than 50 new lawsuits against phishing scammers before the middle of the year, its next step in a global campaign to combat Internet criminals.

Company officials announced the plans at the debut of what Microsoft calls its Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative (GPEI), a worldwide effort to coordinate and expand anti-phishing work through prosecution, partnerships, and consumer protection software, such as the beefed-up Internet Explorer 7 browser scheduled to release later this year.

By the end of June, Microsoft will have initiated at least 51 new anti-phishing cases in the company's European, Middle Eastern, and African territories, bringing the total filed to over 100.

"Phishing is a crime. It undermines consumers' trust in the Internet and is an impediment to European policy-makers' and industries' efforts to boost citizens' use [of the] Internet," said Nick Holloway, president of Microsoft's EUMA (Europe/Mideast/Africa) group, in a statement.

Holloway said Microsoft was committed to battling phishing, and would continue to partner with law enforcement, educate consumers, and develop anti-phishing technologies.

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