“New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed a lawsuit against Web marketer Intermix Media on Thursday, charging it with being a source of adware and spyware programs that hinder online commerce and security.”
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed a lawsuit against Web marketer Intermix Media on Thursday, charging it with being a source of adware and spyware programs that hinder online commerce and security.
Spitzer’s office, describing the suit as the “most sweeping case to date involving programs that redirect Web addresses, add toolbars and deliver pop-up ads,” said it arose from a six-month investigation of Intermix. The probe found that Intermix was installing advertising software on home computers without informing the owners that it was doing so, Spitzer’s office said.
In a statement, Spitzer framed the case as an effort to protect consumer privacy online and to aid businesses operating over the web.
“Spyware and adware are more than an annoyance,” he said. “These fraudulent programs foul machines, undermine productivity, and in many cases frustrate consumers’ efforts to remove them from their computers. These issues can serve to be a hindrance to the growth of e-commerce.”
Full Read @C|NET
Suzi has some more info here, including links to PDF files and snippets from the suit.
Full Read @Spyware Warrior Blog:
And Wayne Porter also lends his support to Mr. Spitzer on his ReeNews site as well.
Full Read @ReveNews
Ongoing thread over at DSLR
I hope this is only the beginning of a long and fruitful battle on behalf of those who have to deal with these pieces of crap.
In addition to the above information:
Sunbeltblog: Spitzer on an antispyware rampage!
Eric Howes: The FTC Spyware Workshop: One Year Later by Eric Howes
Eric Howes lists many Bad News items as well as Good news items. A must read.
NOTE: Originally posted: April 2005 (recreated from mangled original bambismusings.blogspot.com)