FTC Goes After ‘Spyware’ Vendors
The Federal Trade Commission filed the first case against software companies accused of infecting computers with intrusive “spyware” and then trying to sell people the solution.
The FTC accused the companies of infecting computers with unsolicited software, showering computer screens with pop-up ads and then trying to get consumers to pay to fix the problem. It is seeking an injunction to get the companies, owned by the same person, to stop and to offer restitution to consumers.
The FTC requested a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire against Sanford Wallace, Seismic Entertainment Productions Inc. and Smartbot.Net Inc.