Why Can’t We Sting Phishers?

There’s an article at CNet News about botnets and phishing. These are methods, the article says increasingly successful methods, of cybercrime.

I don’t get it. I mean, I understand why criminals want this stuff, and how it works. The part that evades me is, why isn’t this easy to stop?

At some point, each of these thefts involves an illegal transaction. Why not ‘seed’ these phishing sites with bogus information which would immediately raise flags when used?

When similar techniques are used domestically, they are called sting operations. Cyber-stings shouldn’t be any more difficult, should they? And there are stings run against crimes a lot less costly than what’s happening online.

How many people need to be publicly locked up before this problem begins to go away?

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