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National ID cards approved

If you’re a privacy advocate, you’re familiar with the various analogs for slow destruction of civil liberties. The light-dimmer effect is one, something I heard years ago from Arthur Maren. Here’s how it works: You go into a room, and someone turns the light-dimmer down just a few notches every few minutes. After a while, […]

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The Adware Business Model Continued

Ari Schwartz of the CDT is testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on “Spyware” today. The link to the webcast is here. He has some great information in that testimony. If you’re a dedicated spyware fighter, it’s worth scanning. Those who were at the CNet Antispyware Workshop will be familiar with […]

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Aurora

Aurora…as in Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, from Latin for “northern dawn”. A word that evokes images of beauty and light. —————————— That’s marketing. The truth isn’t so pretty. April 26, Direct Revenue announces Aurora, a new piece of adware. In the release, they say this: “Direct Revenue CEO Joshua Abram said, ‘Aurora and MyPCTuneUp […]

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Webroot site NOT hacked

Update: Situation looks resolved as of this morning. Thread on Broadband Reports here. ACCORDING TO WEBROOT, THIS WAS NOT A HACK. Some jerk(s) are attacking a reputable antispyware vendor. An apparent DNS hack. Some systems are reporting this, some aren’t. Note that if you’re seeing this hack, you aren’t going to be able to send […]

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More on the antispyware conference

I’m still trying to find the time to actually write a bit about this interesting workshop, but in the meantime, I have some links for you. There were four panels: Session I – Defining spyware and adware Session II – EULAs and you-knows: What is meaningful disclosure?Session III – The Money Game: How adware works […]

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Still recovering

The CNET-sponsored antispyware summit yesterday was amazing. Sunbelt was there in force; one journalist speculated to us that Sunbelt might have had the largest contingent outside of the CNET/Download.com staff. I think he’s right. I got in on the red-eye from San Francisco this morning and am still digesting all of the various things that […]

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Spitzer on an antispyware rampage!

As we wrote earlier this month, eUniverse Intermix had announced had it was being investigated by Elliot Spitzer. Today from Spitzer’s office: Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today sued one of the nation’s leading internet marketing companies, alleging that the firm was the source of “spyware” and “adware” that has been secretly installed on millions of […]

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Article on 180 in Adbumb

What an interesting article today. Alex Eckelberry

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