Washington State Sues Over Spam, Spyware

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:46 am

The Washington state attorney general’s office has sued a New York company and individuals in New York, New Hampshire, Oregon and India under state and federal anti-spam and spyware laws, saying they induced computer users to download software that weakened their computers’ security.

The lead defendant in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, is Secure Computer LLC of White Plains, N.Y. The company’s president, Paul E. Burke, who lives in the Bronx, and Gary T. Preston, of Jamaica, N.Y., have made more than $100,000 since summer 2004 selling software known as “spyware cleaner” over the Internet - software they advertised using mass, misleading e-mails and pop-ups, the lawsuit said.

State and federal officials have been trying to combat the spread of spyware, unwanted programs that sneak onto computers, can bombard users with pop-up ads and drain processing power to the point of rendering computers unusable.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Tuesday night that this is the first lawsuit filed under Washington state’s new anti-spyware act, which the Legislature passed last year, and one of the first spyware lawsuits in the country.

Source: AP


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