Microsoft sues over 'malicious' online advertising

Sep 18, 2009

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has filed five lawsuits aimed at halting the flow of malicious online advertising.

The Redmond, Wash., software maker filed the claims Thursday in Washington state court against five unknown individuals under the business names Soft Solutions, DirectAd, qiweroqw.com, ITmeter INC. and ote2008.info.

Microsoft's associate general counsel, Tim Cranton, announced the move in a blog post.

The company is accusing the defendants of spreading so-called "malvertisements," ads that can end up infecting computers with damaging software.

"For example," Cranton wrote, "ads may redirect users to a Web site that advertises rogue security software, also known as scareware, that falsely claims to detect or prevent threats on the computer."

A similar type of ad popped up last weekend on the Web site of The New York Times, one of the most popular news sites. It purported to scan visitors' computers for viruses and warned them to buy antivirus software.

Malvertisements may also introduce software that can steal personal data or take control of a computer, Cranton said.

Microsoft is asking a court in Seattle for damages as well as an order barring the advertisers from operating.

E-mail messages to ote2008.info and DirectAd were not immediately returned and phone numbers were not available for the companies. A phone call to ITmeter INC. went unanswered as did an e-mail message, while registration records for qiweroqw.com domain name had no contact information for the company. No contact information was available for Soft Solutions, which Microsoft said was separate from businesses operating by that name in Atlanta and France.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Clooney slams skittish Hollywood after Sony hack

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

TomTom to pay Microsoft to end patent fight

Mar 30, 2009

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, on Monday said it settled a patent dispute over car navigation technology with TomTom NV for an undisclosed amount.

Verdict spares Microsoft $358M in patent damages

Sep 11, 2009

(AP) -- A federal appeals court said Friday that Microsoft Corp. does not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $358 million for patent infringement because of problems with how the damages were calculated.

Video game group files lawsuit over CTA ad rule

Jul 22, 2009

(AP) -- A trade group that represents software and video game publishers sued the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday, saying a rule barring ads on trains and buses for "mature" and "adults only" games violates the right ...

Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

Jun 08, 2006

(AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. has filed a second countersuit against SIngapore-based Creative Technology Ltd., intensifying its legal battle against the smaller media player rival that sued the iPod maker for ...

Recommended for you

Clooney slams skittish Hollywood after Sony hack

48 minutes ago

Film star George Clooney slammed the Hollywood movie industry for failing to stand up against the cyber threats that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel release of the movie "The Interview."

Atos shares soar after Xerox acquisition

3 hours ago

Shares in French tech firm Atos soared nearly five percent on Friday as traders cheered the news it had bought the IT wing of Xerox for more than $1 billion.

Two more former Sony workers sue over data breach

19 hours ago

Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online.

Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

20 hours ago

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

ZenaV
not rated yet Sep 19, 2009
AMEN! All of those advertisers doing that ought to be arrested! Some are even beating our blocking by Yahoo and internet is FINALLY coming in! We need Computer cops that will arrest these hackers and theives!
ZenaV
not rated yet Sep 19, 2009
Microsoft is coming in is what I meant! Everytime you get an aggravating pop-up spamish commercial click 'Safety', go to 'SmartscreenFilter' and report unsafe websites! Go Get'em! We gotta bring in the cops to put a foot in their azzes.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.