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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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Another "spyware free" certification?

Press release here.

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Latest eMarketer writeup on spyware — with nifty charts and graphs

eMarketer always does nice high-level overviews of various issues. This latest report from them highlights the spyware issue. Read it here. All materials copyright eMarketer, Inc.

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Gartner’s latest on security threats

From this article: “In the recent survey, respondents rated critical security threats. The results include viruses and worms, a 7.6 rating (“1” indicated “no concern at all,” while a “10” meant “extremely concerned”); outside hacking or cracking, 7.1; identity theft and phishing, 7.0; spyware, 6.8; denial of services, 6.6; spam, 6.3; wireless and mobile device […]

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More on Bittorent

Incredible writeup by Dave Methvin of PC Pitstop PaperGhost writes on it. By the way, no one here is saying that Bittorent is distributing adware. Bittorent isn’t doing anything. It’s doing what it’s supposed to: Allowing the distribution of files. What the big hullabaloo is over is that network that was fairly pristine has been […]

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Direct Revenue blames Bittorent adware on an "intermediary".

(See earlier blog if you don’t know about the Bittorent thing.) This is a rather hackneyed argument. It goes like this: “It’s not us, it’s a rogue distributor“. Really? So who pays the “rogue distributor”? It’s not like MetrixMarketing was alone. They work directly with software developers, after all (from their website: “We work with […]

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Fathers, Daughters, ……… and Spyware

What is it about Fathers and Daughters on the internet? In our family, it is always my Dad who gets all the spyware (my sister hardly gets any). In others, it is Daughters. Here are some examples: – From the Good Morning Silicon Valley Blog: John Paczkowski attributes the following quote to Intel CEO Paul […]

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PC World’s Take on Three Antispyware Tools

The latest review of three antispyware tools: a prerelease version of Sunbelt Software’s CounterSpy 1.5, plus shipping versions of Webroot’s Spy Sweeper 4 and FBM Software’s ZeroSpyware 2005.

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More on the 40,000 million credit card debacle

CNET reports this morning: -The breach occurred because intruders were able to exploit software security vulnerabilities to install a rogue program on the network of CardSystems Solutions. -The malicious code was found by security experts from CyberTrust who did a probe apparently at the request of MasterCard. -CNET also reports that there is speculation in […]

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