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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: FTC brings down the hammer on Media Motor Reply with quote

Looks like Media Motor's getting some sand thrown in their gears:

ttp://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071001-deceptive-eula-spyware-bring-down-the-wrath-of-the-ftc.html

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The case goes back to October of 2006, when the FTC first began investigating Media Motor. It charged that ERG Ventures and its affiliates with "tricking" consumers into installing the screensaver software, which seemed innocent enough on the surface. But the software also came with various flavors of spyware and malware—it changed consumers' home pages, added toolbars and displayed pop-ups in users' browsers, tracked Internet activity, displayed porn ads, put advertising on users' desktops, and, best of all, disabled anti-spyware and anti-virus software on the machines. The FTC said that the programs were either extremely difficult or just downright impossible to remove.


Niiiiiiiice.

The article goes on to say the companies could wind up in dutch to the tune of $3.5+ million, depending on what all comes to light. Good. Hit 'em the only place they'll really hurt. Hopefully it will send a message to others doing "business" in the same manner - that their profits may turn out to be interest bearing loans...that WILL get called in, by courts and consumers alike.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh.. this is good news. Thumb Up

Here's the FTC link:

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/10/motorspyware.shtm

Actual court documents can be found in this link:

http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0623192/index.shtm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the FTC is on a bit of a roll now:

http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=136032&WT.svl=news1_4

More good news!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!! I hadn't heard this -- thanks.

This is really bad:

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In a separate complaint filed yesterday, the FTC and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service nailed Practical Marketing Inc. for selling mailing lists containing consumers’ credit card account numbers and security codes, bank account numbers and routing codes. Practical Marketing pleaded guilty to identity theft and was ordered to pay a $10,000 criminal fine and pay $100,000 to the USPIS Fraud Fund. The FTC is pursuing a separate civil suit against the company


I mean it's good they got nailed, but that's frightening. I wonder how they got all that info in the first place.
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