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Old 04-26-2006, 12:09 PM   #1
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Arrow Oregon AFFILIATE ordered to pay 84K in Spyware case

The State of Washington slams a Spyware Affiliate:

Defendant Zhijian Chen (“Chen”) is an advertiser of the software product Spyware Cleaner. Defendant resides at 8642 SE Rhone St., Portland, OR 97266. Defendant contracted with Shanghai Pudong Information Port, a web advertising agency in Shanghai,China, to promote, market, and advertise Spyware Cleaner.

Source and the "stip" Judgement which also includes interest charges:

An Oregon man was fined $84,000 for ****ming users with bogus security warnings that led them to a phony anti-spyware program, the Washington state attorney general said Tuesday.
In January, both Microsoft Corp. and Attorney General Rob McKenna filed lawsuits against Secure Computer of White Plains, N.Y. for allegedly selling the bogus anti-spyware program Spyware Cleaner. Three men were also charged with advertising the software: Zhijian Chen, of Portland, Ore.; Seth Traub, of Portsmouth, N.H.; and Manoj Kumar, from Maharashtra, India.

After admitting to breaking the 2005 law, as well as the state's Consumer Protection Act, Chen was told to pay $84,000 in fines and restitution for promoting Spyware Cleaner.

Source for above which is the big picture:

Thoughts: We don't often see an Affiliate pay the price. Since this action is concluded against "Chen" my hope would be that other States AGs will file actions against ALL the Affiliates .

Edited: Correct state to Washington State.

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