Perhaps a bit belated, but it looks like there is finally movement in congress to make hijacking your computer illegal. http://www.internetweek.com/security02/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=49401238 House Passes First Spyware Bill The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the first of two anti-spyware bills that it's considering, leaving the second for a vote Wednesday. Tuesday night, the House voted 399 to 1 to pass the SPY ACT, which prohibits a whole range of spyware- and adware-style activities, including keyboard logging, home page hijacking, and persistent on-screen ads. The bill also forbids practices such as collecting information without the user's consent or intentionally diverting a browser from its intended destination, and requires software to offer up a "no thanks" dialog so installation can't be done without consumers' knowledge. Programs must also have an easy-to-find uninstall option. Violators could face civil fines up to $3 million. The SPY ACT, which was sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), is one of a pair of bills crafted in the House. The second, called the I-SPY ACT, is scheduled for a roll call vote Wednesday. Similar to Bono's bill, the I-SPY ACT adds criminal penalties of up to five years in prison for using any software, spyware included, to commit a crime, such as secretly logging keystrokes or stealing confidential data. The Senate has an anti-spyware bill of its own in the works, but it's not yet been put on the calendar for a vote.