Eliot Spitzer, New York State Attorney General, has filed suit against online advertiser Direct Revenue LLC. The suit claims that the company was secretly installing millions of spyware pop-up advertising programs on people’s computers. Direct Revenue allegedly installed advertising software without user’s consent or knowledge, with the code wrapped into free applications that consumers could download.
Spitzer seeks a court order stopping Direct Revenue from installing spyware or sending ads through the spyware already on computers. In addition, he seeks financial records related to the company’s revenue so that appropriate fines can be assessed.