US gov targets spyware outfit

Monday, 11 October 2004, 3:07 PM EST

A company which makes software that infiltrates users' computers and demands $30 to be removed has been targeted by US authorities.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is has asked a federal court to shut down the operations of Seismic Entertainment Productions and SmartBot.Net. The FTC action was initiated after it received a complaint from a Washington consumer group, the Center for Democracy and Technology. This is the first time that the FTC has taken action against a company that produces so-called "spyware".

By electricnews.net at The Register.

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