We are happy to note that a victory has been scored against a spyware company, even if the victory is only temporary.
The US Federal Trade Commission reported November 17 that at the Commission’s request, a U.S. District Court had issued a temporary restraining order halting the sale of keylogger spyware.
According to the FTC’s complaint, the Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers’ computers.
The FTC report stated “the defendants provided RemoteSpy clients with detailed instructions explaining 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 victims’ 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.”
Full story at the Federal Trade Commission website at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/11/cyberspy.shtm