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Zango's continued bad practices in light of FTC's proposed settlement terms

Sun, 19 Nov 2006 21:11:04 +0000

Zango out of compliance with terms in every aspect of FTC proposed settlement per Edelman and Howes. Is the $3 million repayment of ill-gotten gains just a slap on the wrist?



Zango, the FTC, MySpace and You Tube

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 18:18:46 +0000

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Halloween sites tricking users with malware

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 20:07:24 +0000

Update October 27: This morning I contacted the owner of listed sites. The sites were indeed hacked, and the owner has since removed the malicious code from the web pages.



Scary malware tricks part 1

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 11:57:26 +0000

In keeping with this Halloween season, I'm starting a series on scary malware tricks, similar to last year's series on spyware tricks. Perhaps my personal focus has changed, but it seems to me spyware tricks are becoming far more devious and destructive.



Edelman on 'Deceptive Door Openers' and Ask toolbars

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:09:26 +0000

In a new article posted this morning, Ben Edelman continues his investigation of high-profile companies clogging users' computers with junk.  Today's target: InterActiveCorp's Ask.



Is Zango stealing affiliate commissions from adult webmasters?

Fri, 13 Oct 2006 21:07:41 +0000

It seems that Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, the company we all love to hate, has royally ticked off a bunch of adult webmasters. Paperghost, aka Chris Boyd, has the story, complete with links to forums where the adult webmasters discuss Zango allegedly stealing affiliate commissions.



So what about user education on security?

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 21:05:54 +0000

CNET's Joris Evers writes about one security expert who says education users on computer security in the enterprise setting is "pointless".  Doctoral candidate Stefan Gorling, speaking at the Virus Bulletin Conference, said:"I don't believe user education will solve problems with security because security will always be a secondary goal for users," Gorling said.



Malware being spammed as PDF from retail stores

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 20:41:28 +0000

Reports surfaced today of spam purporting to be from Dell, Walmart, Circuit City or Sony confirming an order for a Sony Vaio computer with a PDF attachment, but the attachment is, in fact, a very nasty piece of malware named Haxdoor. Text of email:Subject: Order ID : 37679041Dear Customer,Thank you for ordering from our internet shop.



MVP awards, Messenger Plus! and adware -- a good combination?

Mon, 09 Oct 2006 21:19:31 +0000

A controversy has been raging in certain circles the last few days over a MVP award, which has now been rescinded, to an adware pusher known as Patchou, Cyril Paciullo, the author of Messenger Plus!. There's a lot of nonsense going around and I'd like to clear some of that up.



Spyware pushers cash in big on zero day exploit

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 21:24:13 +0000

Nearly 50 malware threats being installed though the VML zero day exploit, including familiar names like Virtumonde, BookedSpace, webHancer, SurfSideKick, Qoologic (also known as Qoolaid), Zenotecnico, TagAsaurus, with some trojan downloaders and a backdoor thrown in the mix. Many of these use affiliate programs where the affiliate gets paid per install, so somewhere affiliates of these adware/spyware companies are making a killing off this zero day exploit, trashing computers with their crapware.



Should anti-spyware programs remove cookies?

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 22:17:47 +0000

Spyware expert Ben Edelman has written a great piece on anti-spyware programs and cookies. He tested eleven different anti-spyware programs against cookies from 50 advertising systems and posted detailed results including which anti-spyware programs detected which cookies and which programs detected the most cookies.



DollarRevenue adware pushed through bot net for huge profits

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 18:34:49 +0000

German Honeynet Project researchers report that adware company DollarRevenue is directly linked to a bot net attack exploiting the MS06-040 server service vulnerability reported last month. Bot net trackers estimate that one malicious hacker alone earned $430 in one day by installing malware/adware programs on infected machines.



FTC settles with Enternet Media for $2 million

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 19:06:02 +0000

The Federal Trade Commission announced their settlement with Enternet Media for $2 million for putting spyware on users' computers.



The state of spyware according to Webroot

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 22:43:49 +0000

Webroot released its quarterly report on spyware today, claiming spyware infection rates are at their highest since 2004.  During the second quarter of 2006, Webroot researchers found that 89 percent of consumer PCs were infected with an average of 30 pieces of spyware – a slight increase from the first quarter of 2006 when infection rates returned to alarmingly high levels after a supposed lull in spyware infections during the second half of 2005.



More disturbing long-tail content from Zango

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 18:12:41 +0000

SunbeltBLOG asks "Is Zango partnering with a bunch of sickos? " I won’t repeat much what’s posted there because it’s too disgusting, but here’s the first part.



Movieland.com sued for spyware

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 13:32:44 +0000

Washington State Attorney General McKenna filed a suit against Movieland.com and 3 associates, all California based companies, for "installing software that takes control of a consumer’s computer by launching aggressive and persistent pop-ups that demand payment for a movie download service."



Zango caught in lies about their software on MySpace?

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 12:26:45 +0000

Spyware researcher extraordinaire Chris Boyd, aka Paperghost of Vitalsecurity, has been pursuing Zango’s entanglement with MySpace like a trusty hound dog on a trail. Now Boyd claims to have proof that Zango was, indeed, targeting MySpace.



Vonage and spyware

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:10:28 +0000

Ben Edelman has documented with screenshots, packet logs and diagrams the relationship between Vonage and spyware. Vonage is caught being advertised by pop-ups from Direct Revenue, Targetsaver and others, sometimes not in the appropriate circumstances.



Pushing Zango - out of MySpace

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 22:00:33 +0000

Last week I blogged about Pushing Zango on MySpace and linked to Paperghost’s blog asking if teenagers are being unwittingly used to push Zango on my space. It looks like Paperghost (aka Chris Boyd) managed to create a bit of a stir on the subject and now it looks like Zango is on its way out.



Pushing Zango on MySpace

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 22:24:10 +0000

Chris Boyd asked the question yesterday, Teenagers used to push Zango on Myspace? It does indeed look like teenagers, and older MySpace users as well, are being used to push Zango and not making a dime for it.