Commercial spyware firm ordered to clean up its act

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Long term readers of the Clu-blog will recall the case of CyberSpy, the Florida firm that marketed a spyware program to those who wished to “spy on anyone, from anywhere”.

CyberSpy was ordered to stop selling (and then allowed again) its RemoteSpy keylogging program, which made it simple for people to snoop on remote PCs without the knowledge of their true owners.

When innocent internet users clicked on the disguised file, the RemoteSpy code would install itself silently onto the victims’ computer, monitoring every keystroke, email and instant message, and making a record of every website visited. I’m sure many of you can imagine why that may not be what you want to happen to your PC.

Well, it looks like the battle between the US Federal Trade Commission and CyberSpy is finally over – with a win…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.