The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to settle a case with CyberSpy Software, the vendor of the popular RemoteSpy key-logging tool.
The company and its owner had been accused of pushing RemoteSpy as an " undetectable" tool which could be disguised as another type of file and used to gather data without the target's knowledge.
Under the terms of the deal, CyberSpy Software will remove all legacy versions of RemoteSpy currently running, and inform users that improper use of the software could be a crime.
The company will also closely manage data obtained from the tool through encrypted connections.
Additionally, CyberSpy Software has agreed to stop providing users with instructions on how to hide the file as an email attachment or document file, and keep close tabs on affiliates to make sure that the product is not being touted as a tool for performing illegal activities.
The FTC filed the suit in a Florida district court in 2008. CyberSpy Software will not be forced to admit its guilt in the case.
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