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April 7, 2006


On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General filed suit against notorious spyware vendor Direct Revenue. In a detailed complaint, the NYAG alleged Direct Revenue surreptitiously installed spyware onto users' computers and made its spyware exceptionally difficult to remove. The suit includes claims under New York's General Business Law (prohibiting false advertising and deceptive business practices), New York's Penal Law (prohibiting computer tampering), and New York's common law prohibitions against trespass.

The NYAG's complaint was accompanied by more than a thousand pages of exhibits and appendices. Some of these documents present the results of NYAG's testing -- narratives of misleading and nonconsensual installation, not unlike my own installation tests. But the NYAG also produced a treasure trove of documents: Internal Direct Revenue documents, records, and emails that present their strategy, intentions, and plans in great detail.

I have obtained these additional documents and posted them to a new page: People of the State of New York v. Direct Revenue, LLC - Documents and Analysis.

Some documents and findings of particular interest:

See also others' analysis of the documents.

I still have a few more documents to post, and I'll be uploading them later today.