FTC Cracks Down on 'Pop-Up Spam Scam'

BOSTON The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday came down hard on D-Squared Solutions of San Diego, accusing the company of engaging in a “pop-up spam scam” in which the company sold software to block the same kinds of online messages it was sending to consumers.

A U.S. District Court in Baltimore issued a temporary restraining order against D-Squared based on the FTC’s contention that the company “effectively co-opted a network administration feature of Microsoft Windows known as Messenger Service, a component designed to provide network administrators with the ability to provide instant information to users.”

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