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FTC Wants To Pull The Plug On Sneaky ‘RemoteSpy’

ORLANDO (CN) - The Federal Trade Commission wants to stop a computer software company from selling a program that steals private information from unknowing users and allegedly can "Spy on anyone. From anywhere." The FTC demands that CyberSpy Software stop selling its "RemoteSpy" surveillance program.

In its federal complaint, the FTC says CyberSpy Software pushes its RemoteSpy surveillance spyware by claiming it can "secretly and covertly monitor and record PC's without the need of physical access."

The program records users' keystrokes, screenshots, email, passwords, chats, instant messenger conversations and the Web sites visited.

The program can be disguised in a common e-mail attachment, such as a word document or a song. When a user downloads the attachment, RemoteSpy is installed on the user's computer, undetected.

Information from the victim's computer is sent to CyperSpy's servers every 10 minutes. Whoever bought the software can log on to remotespy.com and access all of the information, according to the FTC complaint.

CyberSpy's Web site boasts that RemoteSpy offers the "stealth capability to prevent the remote user from removing the software."

The FTC also sued CyberSpy CEO Tracer R. Spence. It seeks an injunction to stop the sale of RemoteSpy, for violating of Section 5 of the FTC Act. The FTC also demands damages for unfair collection and disclosure of consumers' personal information.

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