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May 13 2009
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today applauded Craigslist for its decision to eliminate its erotic services ads and create a new adult category that Web site employees will review.
Apr 24 2009
OLYMPIA – As state legislators prepare to head home, Attorney General Rob McKenna was gratified that many of his consumer protection, community safety, and open government priorities had been approved by the Legislature. Some have already been signed into law and others await the Governor’s signature.
Aug 12 2008
McKenna’s office leading the online fraud fight, national report findsWASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Attorney General’s Office is at the frontlines in the fight against online fraud, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Jul 17 2008
Building on the work of his Youth Internet Safety Task Force and the high-tech unit in his Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a number of updates to his office’s Internet Safety Web pages.
Jul 15 2008
Rob McKenna, Washington State Attorney General Special to Institut national des hautes études de sécurité (INHES)   Printable PDF including footnotes:   Fighting Cybercrime While the Internet has revolutionized the way much of the world communicates and conducts business, it has also enabled a
Jun 11 2008
In conjunction with iKeepSafe, Comcast is bringing the “Faux Paw the Techno Cat®” Internet safety program to Spiritridge Elementary School on June 12th.  Students will participate in a special program with Attorney General McKenna, hosted by iKeepSafe and Comcast, to learn how to have a safe and healthy experience with connected technology.
May 19 2008
SEATTLE – A 21-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., man accused of coercing consumers to buy software that actually turned their computers into spamming machines agreed to a settlement that substantially restricts how he markets software in the future, the Washington Attorney General’s Office announced today.
May 2 2008
SEATTLE – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced another win in the state’s fight to protect consumers from online fraud. A King County Superior Court Judge found that Internet affiliate advertisers Securelink Networks, LLC, and NJC Softwares, LCC, and their officers violated Washington’s consumer protection and spyware laws while marketing registry-cleaner software.
Apr 8 2008
SEATTLE – A Washington-based company that sells search-engine optimization services to small businesses is prohibited from selling or advertising them to new customers and must permit cancellation of existing contracts, according to a settlement announced today by Attorney General Rob McKenna. Internet Advancement, of Redmond, which also does business as 4GreatBuys.com, was accused of misrepresenting its ability to provide top search-engine rankings and increase Web traffic, even after being sued by the state.
Mar 25 2008
SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office is accusing a Scottsdale, Ariz., man of coercing consumers to buy software to block computer pop-ups by first bombarding them with ads for pornography and Viagra. In a civil lawsuit filed today in King County Superior Court in Seattle, the state alleges that consumers who downloaded the software were further victimized when the program caused their computers to stealthily blast messages to other PCs at a rate of one every two seconds.