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17 July 2009, 16:03

Microsoft sues Live Messenger phishers

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Microsoft has launched a legal suit in its home state of Washington against two mobile phone ring tone and game vendors. The companies are accused of having lured Live Messenger users to fake Microsoft service websites in order to steal their log-in data. The stolen data was stored and later used to send instant messages containing advertising to all the user's contacts from the phished account.

According to the complaint submitted to the King County Superior Court in Seattle, the two companies involved are Funmobile and Mobilefunster, run by two brothers from Hong Kong. Microsoft has accused the defendants of harassing its IM customers by sending millions of spam messages over Live Messenger. The company has demanded an injunction stopping the practice and damages under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and State of Washington consumer protection and anti-spam laws.


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