Friday, September 18, 2009
Microsoft sues over '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, qiweroqw.com, ITmeter INC. and ote2008.info.
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.