TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: NYS AG Spitzer Again, This Time vs. Spyware/Adware/Popups

NYS AG Spitzer Again, This Time vs. Spyware/Adware/Popups

Danny Burstein (
Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:06:18 -0400

" Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today sued one of the most elusive
internet spyware companies, alleging that the firm surreptitiously
installed millions of pop-up ad programs on consumers' computers.

" The suit against the Direct Revenue company seeks a court order
enjoining the firm from secretly installing spyware or sending ads
through already-installed spyware. The suit also asks the court to
compel the company to provide an accounting of its revenues and asks
the court to impose appropriate monetary penalties...

" The company's executives specifically highlighted the insidious
nature of their product. For example Direct Revenue's then-CEO Josh
Abram (a defendant in the lawsuit) boasted in an April 2005 email to a
distributor, ' We have a very stealthy version of our adware product
which we're happy to give u... Don't worry. If we do a deal -- a build
together -- these will not be caught'.


Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
[to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]

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