The spyware inferno

By David
August 18, 2004

“The proliferation of advertising programs on the PC is called by many names–most of which involve unprintable language. To the Slashdot crowd, it’s spyware and its authors should be burned at the stake. Some in Congress call it “cyber trespass” and want to outlaw specific “deceptive practices.” To Claria, the biggest company in the niche, it’s extraordinarily profitable to the tune of $90 million in revenue and $35 million in profit last year. To most Net surfers, it’s an annoyance they don’t understand […]”