MICROSOFT AND WASHINGTON STATE have announced a new campaign against Internet scammers.
The two are suing a number of "scareware" vendors which will charged under Washington state's Computer Spyware Act.
The Washington attorney general (AG) referred to the defendants as " aggressive marketers of scareware – useless computer programs that bilk consumers by using pop-up ads to warn about nonexistent, yet urgent-sounding, computer flaws".
The Vole and AG have previously teamed up against alleged scammers. In 2005, the two successfully sued Secure Computer for $1 million over charges of deploying fake error messages to scare users into buying its Spyware Cleaner software.
The Attorney General has also brought lawsuits against Securelink Networks, High Falls Media and the makers of a product called Quick Shield.
According to Assistant AG Katherine Tassi, scammers were "getting more and more creative and putting more and more effort into making them look like [genuine] security messages". µ
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