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Grumbling about Grokster

So the major news yesterday was that Grokster lost. This puts the industry into a bit of a quandary. The Justices said that Morpheous and Grokster crossed the line as they were (effectively) promoting their networks as ways to pirate software. Good news is that the Justices didn’t negate the Betamax defense (referring to the […]

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Supreme court rules against Grokster

Major news. Unaminous ruling against Grokster. Justice Souter’s opinion. Well worth reading. Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer concurred.

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Hilarious Adware Test…

If you haven’t already, take the “test” at Paperghost’s blog and see “where you fit in the adware battle”. Dave BoveSpyware Research Manager

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Earthlink switches spyware providers

Some will wonder why I bothered to write this blog entry. Well, I guess it’s my sometimes obtuse sense of fairness. Earthlink is swapping out WebRoot’s spyware protection with Aluria’s. Earthlink says the Aluria technology is superior. David Moll’s WebRoot disputes this, saying that Earthlink was “trying to buy a Porsche on a budget.” Guess […]

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More on the Grambest International scam

Eons ago I blogged on newer a style of scam from a company called “Grambest International”. You can see the blog here. It was a quickie blog which I put together, and I moved on, promptly forgetting about the whole thing. Today, out of curiosity, I checked what search terms were being used to get […]

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Steal this antiphishing tool!

Our good friends at Cloudmark (we use their antispam engine in our enterprise product) have a great antiphishing tool (free beta). Click here and look for the Anti-Fraud toolbar. In the future, we will probably put this toolbar into our Dell bundles as a freebie as well. Alex Eckelberry

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FTC report on P2P

In keeping with the zeitgeist, the FTC just issued a big report on P2Ps. It is a follow-on from their workshop in December. Briefly: • Consumers face risks when using commercial P2P file-sharing software programs, including risks related to data security, spyware and adware, viruses, copyright infringement, and unwanted pornography. • There was little empirical […]

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Say it ain’t so

Earlier we blogged somewhat confusedly about a new “certification” available from an antispyware vendor. This is always scary, it’s memories of WhenU all over again. More data is on the PC Tools site here. Here is the text: “PC Tools certification of software as “spyware free” is subject to the following limitations and disclaimers: The […]

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Do your patches, hide your children, etc.

“Critical MS vulnerabilities could pose spyware threat“

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FTC nabs another bad apple

FTC goes after Trustsoft for marketing SpyKiller deceptively. Spykiller is listed on the SpywareWarrior Rogue/Suspect list A visit to their website reveals this message: Click to enlarge The FTC alleges that Trustsoft: • Aggressively and deceptively marketed SpyKiller, using the Web sites of affiliates, banner and pop-up ads, and spam. • Sent pop-up and e-mail […]

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