FTC Cracks Down on Alleged Spyware Operation in NH

Share this content:
The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday that it asked a U.S. District Court judge to stop an operation it claims secretly installed spyware and adware onto consumers' computers that could not be uninstalled.


The FTC accused Walter Rines of Stratham, NH, and his company, Odysseus Marketing, of luring computer users with the promise of free software that would make peer-to-peer file sharing anonymous. The claim was bogus, according to the FTC, and the software was bundled with spyware. The FTC said the downloads violate federal law, and it asked the court to order a permanent halt to them.


Rines told The Associated Press that he did nothing wrong and that users were aware of what they were downloading.


Spyware describes a range of software that can be installed through e-mails or Web pages, or can be bundled with software that consumers download onto their computers, rendering them helpless to a flood of pop-up ads, computer crashes and other annoyances.


The FTC filed its first federal anti-spyware case last fall against Sanford Wallace, also of New Hampshire. Known as the "Spam King," that lawsuit accused him of using spyware to infect computers and then selling $30 remedies that didn't work, according to the FTC.


Wallace and Rines were partners at one time, the FTC said.


Loading links....
close

Next Article in Marketing Strategy

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

Since 1985, Melissa Data has helped thousands of companies clean, correct and complete contact data to better target and communicate with their customers. We offer a full spectrum of data quality solutions, including global address, phone, email, and name validation, identify verification - available for batch or real-time processes, in the Cloud or on-premise. Our service bureau provides dedupe, email/phone append and geographic/demographic append services for better targeting and insight. For direct mailers, Melissa Data offers easy-to-use address management/postal software, list hygiene services and 100s of specialty mailing lists - all with competitive pricing and excellent customer service.

Find out more here »

DMN's Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here