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Metrix Marketing Group site hacked!

oWnzEd to be more exact! Click to enlarge Warning: Very foul language Previously we had blogged that Metrix Marketing Group was apparently behind some nasty BitTorrent adware infestations (see here and here). This was uncovered by spyware research guru Paperghost. eWeek ran with the story and now… Marketing Metrix Group has been hacked. A nasty […]

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Cyber Security Industry Alliance on Consumer Views on Spyware and Identity Theft

Link to beSpacific blog. From the press release: • The majority of Internet users (83%) have heard of spyware, although the level of awareness is not as ubiquitous as spam (93%). Of those not familiar with the term, 81 percent have experienced at least one of its symptoms, such as pop-up ads or decreased computer […]

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Intermix settles with Spitzer!

eUniverse Intermix Media has settled with the New York AG for $7.5 million. Story here.

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Bittorent users beware

Earlier we blogged on a massive Bittorent adware infestation propogated (apparently) by a group called MarketingMetrixGroup. The story was broken by the tireless MVP Paperghost. This story has now broadened. Someone (apparently MarketingMetrixGroup) is distributing a payload of adware along with Bittorent files. Link to Paperghost’s latest adventures here. Alex Eckelberry(Thanks Eric)

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IE Security guy at Microsoft talks about IE security

Rob Franco, Lead Program Manager for IE Security posted some interesting stuff on the Internet Explorer Blog last week. From the blog (with emphasis and edits added by me): “Low-Rights IE” is one of several new features that we’re working on to help keep users safe…meant to back up and support the many other security […]

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GOA report on security threats

The Government Accountability Office has released a report entitled “INFORMATIONSECURITY: Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems“. From the report: Spam, phishing, and spyware pose security risks to federal informationsystems. Spam is a problem not only because of the enormous resources itdemands, but also because it now serves as a means for other types ofattack. […]

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Bittorrent file used for massive adware infestation

Why is Aurora (Direct Revenue’s latest adware) so prevalent? Microsoft MVP spyware researcher Paperghost broke this story. WOW. And what a story it is. A 175MB Bittorrent file spawns massive adware. Here’s what seems to be the story: 1. The file was a Family Guy cartoon wrapped in an adware installer. Paperghost found this BT […]

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Hotbar to be upgraded in Sunbelt database

After our initial response to Hotbar, our spyware research team spent a more time researching Hotbar’s practices. We will be upgrading their threat level and default action in our database. Hotbar will be re-classified from “Low Risk Adware” to “Adware.” Hotbar’s “Threat Level” will be changed from “Low Risk” (5) to “Moderate Risk” (4). The […]

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Adware vendors and Jedi mind control tricks

Ray Everett-Church writes a great article here. Notable quote: “But all the public relations whitewashing cannot change the underlying facts: Spyware and surreptitious adware remain a scourge for many millions of unsuspecting users. The purveyors of these insidious programs can play all the word games they want, but as long as they are in the […]

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Hanging out with 10,000 IT techies

While others were doing lofty pronouncements about security at the Gartner Security Symposium, we decided to spend the week hanging out with 10,000 fellow techies at Microsoft Tech.Ed. Many of these techs live in the trenches, fighting the bad stuff every day. It was a blast. We gave out a custom made chopper and generally […]

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