Ah, good old Sanford “Spamford” Wallace, the erstwhile Spam King, who became a spyware guy. And who is now in deep trouble.
An operation that deceptively downloaded spyware onto unsuspecting consumers’ computers, changing their settings and hijacking their search engines, has been halted by a federal court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The judge has ordered the operators to give up to more than $4 million in ill-gotten gains. The court also ordered a halt to another spyware operator’s stealthy downloads and barred the collection of consumers’ personal information, pending trial.