I can appreciate your logic, but bear in mind that even sabre-rattling is sometimes effective. What's needed is a few high-profile court cases to raise awareness amongst the people who go phishing - once they understand that the law has provided victims with a means to seek compensation the incidence of opportunist phishing trips will decline. There'll be plenty of organised and determined criminals who'll remain active of course, but the process will have started.
If the usual pattern is repeated other countries will follow with similar legislation, and then we'll be somewhere near a solution.
Meanwhile the 'symbolic' tag is a fitting one. It's declaration of intent, if you like.
Yes high-profile court cases are effective, but as most, if not all these emails come from countries that have bigger problems than worrying about a few phishing emails which is a long way down their "to do" list, I think it will be quite a few years before anything happens in these countries. In the mean time people are being swindled out of millions, I think education is a far better option and it would work out cheaper I'm sure.
Incidentally, I've never received a phishing email from the USA, or the UK come to that, or have I been lucky?
As far as other countries having bigger problems to worry about, you're right, they have, but if they want to be an active and responsible part of the internet they'll need to get to grips with this kind of thing sooner, rather than later.
I sincerely hope you are right, but I have an uncomfortable feeling it'll be a long time coming, in the mean time.......
I'll leave it there because I think we'll end up chasing our tails around.
Just as a matter of interest, do you think the Internet is really that meaningful to some of these countries that are in turmoil at the moment? The reason I ask is that I believe you might have a better grip than most people on these things and it might give a better understanding why you think they may take action sooner rather than later?
Sorry about the questions, I'm making it sound like an interrogation.
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