Court orders company abusing bloggers to shut down
A US Judge has shut down Enternet Media, a company that allegedly tricks bloggers on the Google owned Blogger service into distributing adware to visitors. The FTC charged that Enternet and an affiliate, Iwebtunes, offered bloggers free music downloads that came bundled with code designed to target visitors to the blog. When visitors landed at the “co-opted blogs,” Enternet displayed a prompt inviting them to install a supposed browser upgrade.
According to MediaPost, users who agreed to do so were instead given a program that served frequent pop-up ads and proved extremely hard to remove. Although Enternet had an end-user license agreement, it wasn’t readily available and the wording was too “broad and over-reaching” to be informative, according to the FTC’s complaint.