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Report on the spyware market

This just out. Morgan Stanley’s report on the spyware market. Read it here. Note: We have not reviewed the material to determine accuracy, a quintillion disclaimers apply, etc.

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Our response to Hotbar

Click here to read a scan of our response to Hotbar. This went out today. A cleaner version is here. Later, I’ll be posting a more exhaustive writeup, with screen shots. Alex Eckelberry

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Another one.

Abetterinternet has just send us a Cease and Desist letter. You can see it here. As with all of these types of legal issues, I have fowarded it to our high priced lawyers and a response will be sent in due course. The letter basically asks us not to label BetterInternet (aka Direct Revenue) as […]

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A chilling tale of digital breach

If you haven’t read this story in the Washington Post, it’s worth a quick read. It went something like this: -A small group of hackers sent out a bunch of porn spam with a virus/keylogger attached. -A police officer opened one of the emails, and then subsequently logged onto Seisint, a LexisNexis subsidiary. Of course, […]

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More on Hotbar

Word is spreading that Sunbelt is being attacked by Hotbar. Lots of interesting comments from our previous post. Our crack legal team will be writing a response, which we will post for public viewing in the next week or so. For an example of a prior letter, see our letter to iDownload. However, some new […]

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Firefox and Spyware

Many haven’t seen our research paper on this matter we wrote back in March. Here is a link to our whitepaper on Firefox. In summary, over the past few months security experts have speculated that we could see new spyware and adware crafted for Mozilla Firefox Until now most of this speculation has centered on […]

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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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