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FTC Cites Concern Over Pop-Up Ads in Windows
November 5, 2003 — 7:30 pm

Just how far will they go?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it had scheduled a press conference on Thursday “to address consumer concerns” about a little-used feature of Windows called “Messenger Service.”

The FTC cited problems with “widespread exploitation” of Messenger Service. The Windows feature is unrelated to popular instant messaging software. It’s designed instead to allow computer network administrators to send messages to others on their network.

The agency declined to elaborate, but Messenger Service has been the subject of security concerns of late because purveyors of unsolicited e-mail, or “spam,” discovered they could use it to send messages to personal computers that are connected to the Internet.

I see another boondoggle in the making.

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