An Orlando company has been ordered not to sell keylogger spyware by a district court. The company, Cyberspy Software, LLC, marketed a product called RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to customers, who in turn were enabled to secretly monitor unsuspecting users computers.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint (PDF) against Florida-based CyberSpy Software on November 5, alleging the company has violated the FTC Act by selling software that can be deployed remotely by someone other than the owner or authorized user of a computer, can be installed without the owner’s knowledge, and can used to surreptitiously collect and disclose personal information.

Defendants touted RemoteSpy as a “100% undetectable” way to “Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere.” According to the FTC complaint, the defendants violated the FTC Act by engaging in the unfair advertising and selling of software that could be:

  1. deployed remotely by someone other than the owner or authorized user of a computer;
  2. installed without the knowledge and consent of the owner or authorized user; and
  3. used to surreptitiously collect and disclose personal information.