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US FTC shuts down shpywarer; M$ asks damages

 
 
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      11-15-2006
http://www.betanews.com/article/Micr...tor/1163542276


The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that a court has shut down a
spyware operation run by ERG Ventures, which installed malware on
millions of consumers' computers. Microsoft followed up the news
Tuesday by filing its own lawsuit against the individual behind the
company, Timothy P. Taylor.

Taylor allegedly used screensavers and video files as Trojans to
surreptitiously install spyware in the background. The program, Media
Motor, changed users' home pages, added toolbars and pop-up
advertising to the Web browser, tracked Internet activity, put icons
on the Windows desktop, and disabled antivirus software.


The FTC says the programs installed by Media Motor were nearly
impossible to remove, and were placed onto consumers' computers
whether or not they accepted the end-user license agreement. ERG
Ventures and Timothy P. Taylor were charged by the agency with
violating the FTC act, which bars unfair and deceptive practices
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