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NEW YORK (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.
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Good for them!
It's well known that terrorist fund-raisers have been turning to cyber-crime for some time and still no-one in government (on either side of the pond) is prepared to tackle this. Considering that Obama is supposed to be tech-savvy, you would think this would be on his radar!
That said, I wish Microsoft well on this legal adventure.
the only thing they would accomplish by getting involved would be to hurt small to medium sized web business.
Alternatively, since Google seems to filter out the worst of these adverts pretty well one way or another, perhaps others could do the same if a sword were hung above their heads. (That said, I do wonder about some of the registry cleaners, etc. I've seen Google advertise!)
Mack, I think the more it is mentioned, the more the "Countries" that are on the !@#$ list will realize that investments are not going their way simply due to the fact that the rest of the world simply blocking the Access of the Coders / Programmers/ Simply People from those countries to the rest of the world(internet).
We are far away from that point, but it helps to get it on when Worldwide Brand as MS is taking it a level UP.
While I agree the defendants are most likely low life scum, the question is if Microsoft realy should be allow to step in and act as if they are the DA.
I wonder. If I start to get fliers on the wipers of my car that say "Your chevy's engine is about to colapse, run some tests soon, blah, blah"
Would the car maker be allowed to step in?
Of course, there's no perfect analogy.