New bill aims to shine light on spyware
Spyware is software that installs itself on your computer without your knowledge. It could sneak in as part of a virus or as a Trojan horse via e-mail, or piggyback onto a piece of software you agreed to download. Either way, it's typically tough to remove.
"What's very interesting is that a lot of times when people do figure out how to uninstall spyware, they usually do," said Doug Isenberg, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and Internet law. "There was a lawsuit recently over some adware, and it came out in the lawsuit that 100 million people had downloaded this particular software, unaware that there was some piggybacked adware with it, and 75 million chose to uninstall it."
By Erica Hill at CNN.
[ Read more ]
- Software: Ad-aware SE Personal Edition
- News: Help! I've been Web-jacked (27 January 2004)
- News: From anti-spam to anti-spyware (9 January 2004)
- News: Security fears over spyware (23 December 2003)
- News: Dell to techs: don't help customers remove spyware (3 December 2003)
- News: No easy solution to spyware (19 November 2003)
- News: Are you being watched online? (14 November 2003)
- Review: Ad-aware 6.0 Professional (20 March 2003)
Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.