Direct Revenue Has To Pay Back Only A Tiny Portion Of Money Made From Adware

from the punishment? dept

Adware firm Direct Revenue was considered one of the absolutely worst companies when it came to surreptitious installs of nasty adware/malware on computers. This was the company that changed its name a bunch of times to avoid getting caught. It then claimed that it was cleaning up its act, but was caught still being just as bad (it even had its own spyware uninstall other spyware) and then threatened anti-spyware firms for outing their bad practices. Eventually, the company had to face the music and today the FTC announced that it had settled with DirectRevenue. However, the "settlement" isn't making everyone happy. They've apparently agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine -- but as a dissenting FTC Commissioner noted, "it apparently leaves DirectRevenue's owners lining their pockets with more than $20 million from a business model based on deceit." That doesn't seem like it will act as much of a deterrent. I'm sure plenty of companies would be willing to pay a $1.5 million fine if they got to walk away with $20 million. On the more positive side, the settlement bars the company from delivering any more ads to computers that are still stuck with their adware.
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    Robert, 18 Feb 2007 @ 9:13am

    The whole outcome is nonsense.
    I'm sorry at the semi hijacking of the thread...but Ruben's turn to historical acts is also nonsense. Since the beginning of time, man has conquered and has been conquered. Survival of the fittest. I'm sure if Ruben went far enough back he'll find his ancestors were amongst a group who conquered another Latin America, maybe? The battle of land is still going on today and will still be happening until man's extinction. I offer no apologizes for the early America settlers.

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