Microsoft sues Funmobile, Hong Kong over spim, phishing and porn scheme

Microsoft filed a civil lawsuit in King County  Superior Court in Seattle, that alleges Funmobile Ltd. of Hong Kong and its Foster City, Calif., subsidiary has  conducted  a significant campaign to undermine the privacy of Windows Live Messenger customer accounts and to “spim” our customers’ contacts. Customers who clicked on the link in the bogus instant […]
Microsoft filed a civil lawsuit in King County  Superior Court in Seattle, that alleges Funmobile Ltd. of Hong Kong and its Foster City, Calif., subsidiary has  conducted  a significant campaign to undermine the privacy of Windows Live Messenger customer accounts and to “spim” our customers’ contacts. Customers who clicked on the link in the bogus instant messages sent by Funmobile were then “phished”— that is, asked for their IM username and password to log in, according to the complaint. Those who provided the log-in information were often redirected to an adult Web site or, in some cases, a site that claimed to be a social networking community for Windows Live Messenger users, said Tim Cranton.