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NetForce Starts To Become A Reality

Tom Clancy started the idea, as far as I know. The future is now. Catching bad guys on the internet.
The real question is, who's watching what you're doing on your computer? Besides you, that is?

That's what the FTC wants you to know. They've filed suit against Sanford Wallace. He's the first, so we'll have to name this effort the "Wallace campaign."

Frankly, for FTC's first foray (how'd you like that alliteration?) into stopping the spread of spyware on the internet is too little, too late. But at least it's a start. Wallace's two companies, Seismic Entertainment and SmartBot net are also named in the lawsuit. Spyware logs your keystrokes to capture passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. It's responsible for the delivery of pop-up ads, too.

What's really sad about this action is that the FTC can't even enforce federal laws to prevent spyware.

There are none.

They're having to use deceptive business practices laws instead. Come on, Congress, let's pass some bills. Get with the program!

Otherwise, NetForce will never actually happen. Doesn't that just play with your mind?

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, October 09, 2004


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