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Massive identity theft ring

Update: Fix here. And information on the types of systems infected here. In some recent research into a spyware exploit, our research team has discovered a massive identity theft ring. We also found the keylogger transcript files that are being uploaded to the servers. This is real spyware stuff — chat sessions, user names, passwords, […]

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Is WeatherBug adware?

Well, the user community seems to think so.  By clicking on the results of our SunPoll, you can see that about 80% of the people who clicked on the survey felt that WeatherBug should be detected by antispyware programs.  Note that this survey is totally unscientific. (You can vote yourself by going to our front […]

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spyware on blogger

Blog Herald writes about spyware being hosted on Blogspot blogs (Blogspot is the public view of Google’s Blogger).  Ben Edelman wrote about this months ago as well. Yes, we’ve seen this as well. However, I want to make it clear that this does not mean Blogger hosts spyware or that having a blog will create […]

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This is great news. Spyblast was being marketed by with spyware built in!  The FTC got a bit grumpy and now there is a settlement. Check this out: “The FTC complaint charged that, Inc., and its co-founder, John Ferber, distributed ads stating that because a consumer’s computer was broadcasting an Internet IP address, […]

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It’s THIRD PARTY cookies, stupid!

Web marketing folks are worried about the state of cookies — because antispyware programs are whacking them. WebAnalytics makes the point that 3rd party cookies are dying, but the sky is not falling. It’s an outstanding article and well worth reading. To wit: “The people who are most badly affected by monthly cookie cutting are […]

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Dumping "Ignore"

As I’ve blogged earlier, the Ignore option in our database is a way to deal with programs that people may actually want. I’ll give you an example:  Kazaa is a program that people usually care to keep (along with all of their MP3 files in the Kazaa directory).  What people don’t usually care for is […]

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What really IS the state of adware detections?

There’s been plenty of press over the last many months on some antispyware companies delisting or reducing the threat level of various adware programs.   So what is the state of detections?  Who lists what, who doesn’t? Whom can you trust? Sunbelt consultant and SpywareWarrior contributor Eric Howes has come up with the definitive test […]

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Inside eBay’s security

If you didn’t catch the Slashdot post last night on this, here is the ZDNet Australia article on eBay’s security. The /. post is here. Alex Eckelberry

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h4x0r for hire

New York Times article on Mark Seiden, hacker for hire.  “Tell me the things you most want to keep secret,” Mr. Seiden challenged a top executive at the bank a few years back. The executive listed two. One involved the true identities of clients negotiating deals so hush-hush that even people inside the bank referred […]

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Mitch Wagner on Claria

Big article by Mitch in InformationWeek.  Read the article Claria Software Seeks Legitimacy, and the sidebar “Claria—Unsafe at any speed”. Highlights: -Claria is trying to shed its image as a spyware company. -They disagree with assertions that their software is spyware. According to Claria marketing honcho Scott Eagle, “Users know they have our software. They […]

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