Follow-up from our earlier blogs on BitTorrent being used by Direct Revenue (here and here):

Top spyware researcher Dave Methvin has discovered another use of BitTorrent to spread adware.  The BT file (generally a pornographic video) includes 180Search Assistant from 180Solutions, Golden Retriever from ShopAtHomeSelect, and Internet Optimizer from Avenue Media. 

The adware files themselves are installed from servers under the control of 180 Solutions/CDT.

There is more in Dave’s article here.

VitalSecurity’s PaperGhost also did his own research on this as well, here.

Alex Eckelberry 

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