10/5/2005

Government Cracks Down on Spyware Operation

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:44 pm

Government regulators are trying to shut down a company they say secretly downloaded spyware onto the computers of unwitting Internet users, rendering them helpless to a flood of pop-up ads, computer crashes and other annoyances.

The Federal Trade Commission accused Walter Rines of Stratham, N.H., and his company, Odysseus Marketing, of luring computer users with the promise of free software that would make peer-to-peer file sharing anonymous. The claim was bogus, the agency said, and the software was bundled with spyware that was secretly downloaded onto computers.

Rines said he has done nothing wrong and that users were fully aware of what they were downloading.

“There was nothing secretly installed anywhere,” he said. “In fact, the users had to click a box that said they read the end-user license agreement.”

The FTC said the disclosure about spyware was buried on his Web site.

Odysseus allegedly used a spyware program called Clientman that spawned downloads of dozens of other programs - slowing computers down, bombarding them with pop-up ads and redirecting them to fake search engines that were rigged to show Rines’ clients first, according to the FTC complaint.

Source: AP

 

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