Friday, September 18, 2009

Microsoft sues over 'malicious' online advertising

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 that operate as Soft Solutions, Direct Ad,, ITmeter INC. and

The company'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.

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


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