Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Microsoft Files Suit Against Spyware Firm Shutdown by FTC

Dan Kaplan writes on SC Magazine Online:

Microsoft announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against a spyware distributor, one day after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the company was shut down by a U.S. District Court judge.

The suit alleges the defendant, ERG Ventures, violated the Washington Computer Spyware and Protection Acts for installing unwanted software on customers' PCs. Microsoft is seeking unspecified damages, according to a company statement.

The FTC has asked the judge to shut down the company to and forfeit any ill-gotten games, the agency said Monday in a statement.

The FTC has charged ERG Ventures and one of its affiliates with hiding the known spyware program, Media Motor, within seemingly safe software, such as screensavers and video files.

More here.


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