Court orders company to stop selling spyware

Graham Cluley

Florida-based software company CyberSpy Software has been ordered by a US district court to stop selling its RemoteSpy keylogging spyware program.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, CyberSpy gave customers detailed instructions on “how to disguise their spying program as an innocuous file, such as a photo, attached to an email.”

It is claimed that when innocent internet users clicked on the disguised file, the spyware would install itself silently onto the victims’ computer, monitoring every keystroke, email and instant message, and making a record of every website visited.

Data gathered by RemoteSpy was uploaded to a server run by the CyberSpy company, and made available to customers via a password-protected website.

The RemoteSpy and CyberSpy websites appear…

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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.