FTC reaches agreement with spyware maker

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Florida spyware vendor CyberSpy Software. It can continue to exist, but can’t tell anyone that its software can be used for spying.

The FTC has spent two years suing the company for flogging its “100 percent undetectable” keylogging software.

Under the agreement CyberSpy can keep selling its RemoteSpy spyware but must take new steps to prevent it from being misused or advertised as a tool for spying on someone else’s computer.

The FTC has insisted that CyberSpy must make changes to prevent surreptitious installation, and “encrypt data transmitted over the internet, police affiliates to ensure they comply with the order, and remove legacy versions of the software from computers.”

Two years ago CyberSpy was advertising its product as a tool that let users “secretly and covertly monitor and record PCs without the need of physical access.”

Now it is being flogged as a tool that lets users spy on their own PCs to keep tabs on children or employees.

However it will not be providing detailed instructions on how to attach a RemoteSpy executable file to an e-mail message, disguised as a photo or legitimate file attachment.

CyberSpy now advises users to do a Google search on compressing executable attachments, if they want to send RemoteSpy to their own computer and keep it from being blocked by e-mail filters.

Well that will make all the difference, and counts as two years well spent by the authorities.