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Washington state settles with Oregon man in spyware lawsuit

Washington state has settled a spyware lawsuit with an Oregon man, who will pay nearly $84,000 in fines and consumer restitution for e-mail marketing of bogus anti-spyware software called "spyware cleaner."

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

"Let this be a warning to other online advertisers — when you attempt to harm or deceive, you will pay in Washington," McKenna said in a statement. "We will not tolerate those who try to profit by preying on consumers' fears of spyware and other malware."

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