Friday, October 08, 2004

Yay! We Hate Spyware!

According to this CBS report, "The House on Thursday passed the second bill in three days that would outlaw "spyware," irritating software that quietly monitors the activities of Internet users."

It would add penalties of up to five years in prison for people convicted of installing such programs without a computer user's permission.

The bill, known as the "Internet Spyware Prevention Act," passed 415-0. It would give the Justice Department $10 million to crack down on companies and others that secretly install spyware and those who attempt to trick victims into disclosing personal details and financial information in e-mail scams popularly known as "phishing."

Sounds good to me.. frankly, anyone who messes with your personal property and information should be punished. Additionally, if you're interested in anti-spyware software, two of the best are Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware.

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