Note: This is a follow-up article of our story “Victory against sale of spyware”.
“At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction on November 25, 2008 barring Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC and its principal Tracer R. Spence from engaging in certain marketing activities that the FTC has alleged to be deceptive and unfair practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The FTC seeks to permanently bar the unfair and deceptive practices and require the defendants to give up their ill-gotten gains.
“According to papers filed with the court, the defendants provided RemoteSpy clients with detailed instructions regarding how to disguise the spyware as an innocuous file, such as a photo, attached to an email. When consumer victims clicked on the disguised file, the keylogger spyware silently installed in the background without the victim’s knowledge. This spyware recorded every keystroke typed on the victim’s computer (including passwords); captured images of the computer screen; and recorded Web sites visited. To access the information gathered and organized by the spyware, RemoteSpy clients would log into a Web site maintained by the defendants.”