Brian McWilliams has a good point here. All the lawsuits directed at spammers are just a drop in the bucket to those that settle them. And while I think it is kind of cute that AOL is raffling some of the plunder, I still would rather see the money put to better use.
A few days ago, Microsoft announced it was launching a major legal campaign against phishing. They are going after 117 “John Doe” phishers and associates. The first part means they either don’t know who they are going after, or are cooperating with law enforcement in order to track them down, the latter hopefully the course. The second part means that those involved in the baiting, delivery and the development of the fake sites should all be trying to change their names and find a home on an volcanic atoll in the Coral Sea, because the boys in Redmond pull no punches.
I would have jumped for joy, accept for the fact they are doing on their own.