As more people realize the impact of digital crime and begin to recognize it as such, more companies are going to court to protect themselves, for better or for worse. In this case, the Attorney General for New York State has filed a lawsuit against Direct Revenue, claiming the media company is uses deceptive tactics to install software on peoples computers without their knowledge. Standard spyware fare, the software causes pop-ups to appear while someone is using the computer. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the company from distributing their software in such a fashion, as well as pay unspecified monetary penalties.
This isn't the first lawsuit that has been filed by Eliot Spitzer, and probably not the last, and a trend is picking up where as outrage continues to grow against spyware-producing companies (at least those that can actually be tracked) are being pursued in court.