Twenty-One Today

A US court has jailed “Phisherman” Jayson Harris for twenty-one months for running a phishing web site. Harris was convicted of sending fraudulent e-mail to MSN subscribers to lure them into passing their credentials to a second website he controlled. Harris was also ordered to pay $57,000 costs.

The Register reports that Harris (AKA the MSN Billing Phisher) used promises of subscription discounts to trick between 50 and 250 victims into handing over credit card details and other sensitive information.

Harris was caught after security investigators at Microsoft referred the case to the FBI, which tracked the source of the fraud back to a computer at the home of his grandfather. Once he was identified, Microsoft sued Harris for damages in an earlier civil action, winning a default judgment of $3m in December 2005.