It doesn't bother me if MS wants to spend their time and money hunting spammers. I doubt their motivation lies solely with raking in millions from the defendants, especially since they probably will only collect a fraction of that money.
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In this case, it's probably less about spammers/scam artists in general as it is about protecting their intellectual property.
Microsoft has their own selfish motivations for this whole "campaign", as we all would as executives forced to act in the best light of the company. I could personally care less what they are, though, as long as they're ousting the spammers.
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This stuff is partially the fault of the big companies. In this case MS has been harking on users for years that they must update computer the minute patches come out. They harangued customers that did not properly update machines, blaming such customers for all problems. However, they have only recently given consumers the tools needed to easily update their machines, and then only if the customer has broadband. This left a wide hole for someone else to exploit the fear. This was especially true when updates were erratic and more common than today. The design on Windows led to the exploits. All MS had to do is take a bit more responsibility for their design decisions.
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I have noticed this with bank websites as well. When online banking first grew big, I got an email survey that asked for personal information and led me to a third party site. I asked the bank if the survey was legit and they said it was. More recently the bank started letting users log in from an unsecured home page. Passwords seem to be protected, but we now have introduced a system in which users are accustomed to submitted sensitive information on unsecured pages. This habit can only benefit the crooks. I mean the latest exploit, involving ads on bank pages, should have been identified early as a security risk. I guess the risk to customer was less than the greed of the banks.
Windows update is not that simple. It requires some level of user knowledge. The promotional updates are mixed with the critical updates. This has gotten better, but it used to make the process more difficult than necessary. Likewise, at certain times update would not be installed but would be reported as installed.
It has been only recently that MS has dutifully limited critical updates to security and implemented the process into the OS, a la Apple Software Update.
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