There aren't many things that get up my nose as much as spyware and the companies that devote themselves to loading their trash on my system (although I reserve an especial dislike for the drongos who create viruses, which comes from the Latin word for "poison").
I must admit that quite often when I've received an unwanted email message (you know the type) or an undesired pop-up has thrust itself in front of my nose, I've vaguely wondered how much these folks make; I mean, someone has to be responding to these adverts for them to be making money.
So I was real interested to see an item on SlashDot pointing to a Detailed Expose of a spyware company called Direct Revenue. This article has some juicy details on the everyday workings of a spyware outlet; it talks about their business model; and it even notes how Direct Revenue's application blasted away competing spyware applications.
In addition to the violation of personal privacy issues, you can waste hours of your life trying to remove this sort of dross from your system. In some cases (especially for inexperienced users without sufficient protection), spyware applications can end up slowing down your system to the extent that it effectively locks up. Thus, I was delighted to hear that Direct Revenue is currently the target of a lawsuit filed in April by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Personally, I hope strips them of all of their assets and hangs them out to dry (if we all took a vote, I'd be prepared to bet that a public flogging for the company's principles would go down well with most end users) and that he then turns his attention to any similar companies.
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