DirectRevenue, the ad outfit turned spyware vendor (and name change addict – see Is This Software On Your Hard Drive?) has been sued for alleged computer hijacking. The lawsuit contends that DirectRevenue’s software willfully disregards plaintiffs’ rights to use and enjoy their personal property,” and is purposely damn hard to get rid of as well.
I love to piss and moan about how people aren’t approaching an issue in a sensible and orderly manner, but I certainly have no problem with adware vendors getting the daylights sued out of them. They prey on unsophisticated users, plain and simple, and they should be made an example of.
I am not surprised that Microsoft has recently chosen to purchase a security outfit, but I am surprised that they have not been more heavily involved in the legal (and other) aspects of spy/ad/malware. Now that there is a case headed for class action, I would like to make a couple of requests…
1) That Microsoft stick to chasing phishers (we need all the help we can get there), and stay out of this legal mess; and
2) That the class request everyone who purchased a Mac in the last 12 months to avoid spy/ad/malware get reimbursed for the purchase, and that the remaining class members all get new Macs. As an alternative, send everyone in the class a questionnaire so they can detail their hardware specifications, and use those details to burn custom copies of a Linux distro specifically for their needs.
All in jest, of course, but good to see that someone finally had the gumption to take these slimeballs on.
Catch the unabridged version of the story in Spyware Lawsuit Alleges Computer Hijacking from eWeek, without all the comic relief.