Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted
Back in 2008, the US Federal Trade Commission filed a restraining order against CyberSpy Software, makers of a commercial spyware program that logged keystrokes, took screenshots, monitored IM conversations, and sent all the collected data back to the company’s servers. Reader suraj.sun tips news that the order has now been lifted, allowing CyberSpy to sell their software, but with a few restrictions.
“According to the US District Court settlement, the company must not provide users with the means to disguise the software as an innocent file or email attachment. Users must also be advised that doing so may violate US state or federal law. Additionally, all recorded information sent over the internet must be encrypted and older legacy versions of the software must be removed from computers on which it was previously installed. … RemoteSpy is said to employ rootkit techniques to hide from virus scanners.”