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November 11, 2005 | From Reuters
A U.S. court shut down three Internet companies for secretly bundling malicious spyware with ring tones, music programs and other free high-tech goodies, the Federal Trade Commission said. The malicious software tracked victims' Internet activity, hijacked their home pages and deluged them with pop-up ads, the FTC said. The assets of Enternet Media Inc. and Conspy & Co., both based in Woodland Hills, and Iwebtunes, based in Ohio, have been frozen pending further court action, the FTC said.
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BUSINESS
December 12, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Computer virus — The Federal Trade Commission has started mailing refunds to 300,000 consumers who were victims of a scam in which they were tricked into buying unnecessary software to remove nonexistent viruses and spyware from their computers. The perpetrators of the scheme caused ads to appear on victims' computers, informing them that a "system scan" had detected viruses and other threats that needed to be removed immediately.
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BUSINESS
May 13, 2005 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it would release a service to fend off Internet viruses and spyware -- addressing long-standing complaints about the security and reliability of the software running most of the world's computers. But Windows users would have to pay extra for that protection; the world's largest software maker plans to charge a subscription fee for the service, dubbed Windows OneCare.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
For consumers trying to protect their privacy on the Internet, it's a Catch-22.0. Advertisers often track Web surfers' activities so they can deliver targeted ads. One of the best ways to avoid this is to install a tiny piece of software that lets computer users opt out of the practice. But the trouble is that the digital stop sign is often wiped out by other programs designed to protect people's privacy and security.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2005 | From Reuters
A software vendor that tried to drum up sales by offering to clean up nonexistent computer "spyware" has been temporarily shut down, U.S. regulators said. The makers of Spyware Assassin tried to scare consumers into buying software through pop-up ads and e-mail that warned their computers had been infected with malicious monitoring software, the Federal Trade Commission said. Free spyware scans offered by Spokane, Wash.-based MaxTheater Inc.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Computer virus — The Federal Trade Commission has started mailing refunds to 300,000 consumers who were victims of a scam in which they were tricked into buying unnecessary software to remove nonexistent viruses and spyware from their computers. The perpetrators of the scheme caused ads to appear on victims' computers, informing them that a "system scan" had detected viruses and other threats that needed to be removed immediately.
OPINION
January 18, 2005
It's unfortunate that the Jan. 14 Column One, "No More Internet for Them," failed to mention Apple's Macintosh as an option to unplugging. No viruses, no spyware and no speed decrease because of those gremlins. The statement "No one is immune" and then using Bill Gates as an example could have been restated as "No one with a Windows PC is immune." The stereotype that nothing exists but the Windows PC shouldn't be propagated in this day and age. There are real solutions besides unplugging.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2004
A judge has agreed to temporarily block enforcement of a Utah law that aims to ban so-called spyware. The preliminary injunction remains in effect pending the outcome of a New York pop-up ad company's challenge to the law's constitutionality. State District Judge Joseph C. Fratto Jr. ruled Tuesday that WhenU.com Inc. had proved that it would have sustained irreparable harm had the spyware law gone into effect. From Associated Press * Online auction giant EBay Inc. is buying Baazee.com Inc.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission filed the first case against software companies accused of infecting computers with intrusive "spyware" and then trying to sell people the solution. The FTC accused the companies of infecting computers with unsolicited software, showering computer screens with pop-up ads and then trying to get consumers to pay to fix the problem. It is seeking an injunction to get the companies, owned by the same person, to stop and to offer restitution to consumers.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
A New York company that delivers Internet pop-up ads has asked a judge to block enforcement of Utah's anti-spyware law pending resolution of a constitutional challenge. WhenU.com Inc. claims that the law, which took effect last month, is "arbitrary and draconian" and violates its free-speech rights. WhenU lawyers told 3rd District Judge Joseph Fratto Jr. on Thursday that regulation of advertising on the Internet was a matter of interstate commerce subject to federal, not state, jurisdiction.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Whatever threat online pornography might pose to society's morals, online music might pose a bigger threat to society's computers. A study scheduled to be released today found that about 9% of adult sites that turned up high in search-engine rankings had such PC-damaging problems or annoyances as spyware, adware and spam associated with them.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Two Southern California companies have agreed to pay $2.05 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that they created spyware programs that reached 18 million computers worldwide. The payment from Enternet Media Inc. and Conspy & Co. is the second-biggest spyware settlement collected by the agency. It represents money that the companies earned from advertising revenue generated by their planted software.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2006 | From Reuters
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has sued Direct Revenue, accusing the Internet marketer of secretly installing millions of spyware programs that sent unsolicited advertisements to users' computers. Spitzer said Direct Revenue secretly bundled spyware, which tracked users' Internet habits and caused pop-up ads to appear, into offers for free games or other applications.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2005 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
The first attempt by a California regulator to curb spyware has set off a contentious dispute between Los Angeles' chief legal watchdog and one of the world's largest media giants. Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo filed a lawsuit late Thursday against Intermix Media Inc., accusing the company -- which owns MySpace.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2005 | From Reuters
A U.S. court shut down three Internet companies for secretly bundling malicious spyware with ring tones, music programs and other free high-tech goodies, the Federal Trade Commission said. The malicious software tracked victims' Internet activity, hijacked their home pages and deluged them with pop-up ads, the FTC said. The assets of Enternet Media Inc. and Conspy & Co., both based in Woodland Hills, and Iwebtunes, based in Ohio, have been frozen pending further court action, the FTC said.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
In the first settlement of state charges involving spyware, News Corp.'s Intermix Media Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million, New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said Thursday. In addition, the former chief executive of Los Angeles-based Intermix, Brad Greenspan, agreed to pay $750,000.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2006 | From Reuters
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has sued Direct Revenue, accusing the Internet marketer of secretly installing millions of spyware programs that sent unsolicited advertisements to users' computers. Spitzer said Direct Revenue secretly bundled spyware, which tracked users' Internet habits and caused pop-up ads to appear, into offers for free games or other applications.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has reached an agreement in principle with Web marketer Intermix Media Inc. in which the company has agreed to pay $7.5 million over three years to settle accusations that Intermix surreptitiously installed software on computers. Spitzer spokesman Brad Maione said a final agreement was two to three weeks away and must be approved by the court. But under the tentative agreement, Intermix would agree to cease ad-related downloads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A 25-year-old fugitive was indicted Friday for creating and marketing a software program called Loverspy that allowed buyers to snoop on former or prospective sweethearts by breaking into their computers. Four people who bought the program -- available for $89 through a Texas website -- were also indicted and charged with unauthorized access to electronic communications.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has reached an agreement in principle with Web marketer Intermix Media Inc. in which the company has agreed to pay $7.5 million over three years to settle accusations that Intermix surreptitiously installed software on computers. Spitzer spokesman Brad Maione said a final agreement was two to three weeks away and must be approved by the court. But under the tentative agreement, Intermix would agree to cease ad-related downloads.
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