There’s actually a little bit of good news on the privacy front. The FTC actually earned some of it’s pay when they took the case of RemoteSpy keylogger software to US District court.  The court then took the first step in actually banning the sale of such malware.

Under the court order, in addition to halting the sale of their RemoteSpy software, the defendants must disconnect from the Internet any of their servers that collect, store, or provide access to information that this software has gathered.

The FTC is looking to permanently bar the sale of the software and have the defendants to give up their profits.

I understand that there are some very few legitimate uses for something like that, as in parents monitoring their children’s Internet activity and other more questionable uses like a business keeping tabs on employees and so on, but most people take this a lot farther than merely trying to catch Joe Schmo in his grand plot to purloin office supplies and auction them off on ebay.  This is the kind of stuff that allows the attacker to gain command line access to the victims computer where they can then either spy on whatever that computer is used for or install additional malware to turn it into part of a zombie botnet.

Like I said, there are *some* legitimate uses for “computer monitoring” or “remote administration” software but for the most part, in the course of the average person’s daily life, there’s no place for it.

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