FTC demands more power against spyware

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Oct 31, 2007

Prosecutions and fines needed to deter badware makers.

Representatives of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the consumer protection body which has seen some success in the past in bringing spammers to justice, have called for greater powers to bring down makers of malicious spyware.

At a spyware forum in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, a commissioner from the body is reported as having called for powers to impose fines, in addition to the current ability to confiscate illegal earnings. Several anti-spyware laws are processing through the US approval system, but have taken several years and are still not in force.

Another FTC representative suggested that judges involved in malware-related cases often lack the understanding required to correctly assess the damage caused. The FTC's intervention contributed to the recent collapse of spyware firm Direct Revenue, although the people behind the firm are thought to have walked away with healthy profits from their scams.

A report of the forum's findings is at ComputerWorld here.

Posted on 31 October 2007 by Virus Bulletin


spyware legal ftc


Latest posts:

New paper: Collector-stealer: a Russian origin credential and information extractor

In a new paper, F5 researchers Aditya K Sood and Rohit Chaturvedi present a 360 analysis of Collector-stealer, a Russian-origin credential and information extractor.

VB2021 localhost videos available on YouTube

VB has made all VB2021 localhost presentations available on the VB YouTube channel, so you can now watch - and share - any part of the conference freely and without registration.

VB2021 localhost is over, but the content is still available to view!

VB2021 localhost - VB's second virtual conference - took place last week, but you can still watch all the presentations.

VB2021 localhost call for last-minute papers

The call for last-minute papers for VB2021 localhost is now open. Submit before 20 August to have your paper considered for one of the slots reserved for 'hot' research!

New article: Run your malicious VBA macros anywhere!

Kurt Natvig explains how he recompiled malicious VBA macro code to valid harmless Python 3.x code.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.