Brian Krebs on Computer Security
January 24, 2006
The Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington-based nonprofit public interest group that's leading the Anti-Spyware Coalition, today urged the Federal Trade Commission to sue adware company 180Solutions Inc., accusing it of routinely allowing distributors to deceptively install its online ad-serving software.
CDT's complaint comes after near two years of accusations that 180Solutions' distributors routinely used a variety of illegal or at least illicit methods to install the company's software without computer users' explicit consent. CDT drafted several complaints to the FTC about 18Solutions and its partners, but each time the company claimed it was blindsided by the accusations and that it needed more time to correct its partners' behavior.
CDT Deputy Director Ari Schwartz said the organization opted to file the complaint today because it sees little indication that 180Solutions is fixing the problem. The filing comes just a short time after the emergence of the second instant-message worm in three months that installs 180Solutions' software, among other items.
Edited by admin, 24 January 2006 - 02:12 PM.