In the first ever action taken by the NY State Attorney General against a purveyor of adware Elliot Spitzer filed suit yesterday against Intermix Media, Inc. The suit attempts to
(a)permanently enjoin Intermix from installing any advertising, ad-serving, redirecting, or toolbar program onto any consumer’s computer; (b) to require Respondent to issue an accounting of its installation of advertising, adserving, redirecting and toolbar programs; and (c) to require Respondent to pay disgorgement of unjust enrichment, as appropriate, and penalties and costs to the State of New York.
In this precendant setting case,
The Attorney General has conducted an investigation into the manner in which Intermix and its agents deceptively and surreptitiously have spread Intermix’s spyware programs onto the computers of unsuspecting users. Generally, Intermix has done so by first offering ostensibly “free