During the past few months, the Federal Trade Commission has filed deceptive- advertising cases against two distributors of what is called adware or spyware. The insidious form of software subjects consumers and their computers to unwanted advertising and surveillance.
The five-member commission plans to escalate its attack by going after some of the big-name Internet advertisers that hire the online distributors.
"We need to stop the demand side of spyware," said Jon Leibowitz, one of the five commission members and a Democrat. "We will send letters to major corporations and entities that place the majority of these ads. This is a wake-up call to put them on notice.
That should wake them up.
Seriously, if your business model threatens everyone else's security it needs to be changed.