Feeds

Malvertisers slapped by Microsoft lawsuits

Virus and scareware writer hunt

New hybrid storage solutions

Microsoft has filed what are believed to be the first lawsuits designed to stop the growing practice of malvertising

The company has filed five suits against unnamed individuals who it has accused of posting malicious and deceptive code through ads on its MSN advertising network.

The suits allege that individuals using the business names Soft Solutions, Direct Ad, qiweroqw.com, ITmeter INC, and ote2008.info used malvertisements to distribute the malicious software or present deceptive websites that peddled scareware to unsuspecting online users.

Associate general counsel Tim Cranton said that although Microsoft doesn't know the names of the specific individuals involved, by filing the civil suits in a US court it hoped to uncover the individuals responsible and prevent them from continuing to deploy malvertising.

"We hope that today's filings will help deter malvertising in the future," Cranton said in a blog post. The documents were filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington.

Malvertising is a technique where code is placed in an online ad to either mislead the user or infect their computer. Code might re-direct the user to a site that advertises rogue security software, or scareware, or it might install malicious code such as a Trojan on the user's PC, either infecting it with a virus or leaving it open to remote control by a hacker.

Malvertising is a growing phenomenon. An ad appeared on the New York Times web site last weekend that claimed to offer a virus scan and then prompted the user to buy scareware to fix the problem.

Among the allegations in its various filings, Microsoft has claimed breach of contract in placement of ads on the MSN network, fraud, and trademark infringement.

You can read more about the case and download Microsoft's filings here.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies
User now 'waiting for the bad guys come and get me with their water-boards'
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists
Lousy XOR opens door into which victims can shove a foot
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.