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Microsoft Corp. said it filed five lawsuits against alleged purveyors of "malvertisements" -- online advertisements that dupe unsuspecting users into downloading malicious software on their computers.
The Redmond, Wash., company filed the lawsuits Thursday in Washington state court in Seattle. The suits cite anonymous defendants using the business names Direct Ad Solutions, Soft Solutions Inc., Qiweroqw.com, ITmeter Inc. and ote2008.info, alleging that they used Microsoft's system for posting online ads to attract users to sites that attempted to install malicious software on their PCs.
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