Warner Bros. partners with 180solutions -- "Deception" being marketed with 180's Zango adware.
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A few days ago, it was discovered that anti-spyware program SpywareCleaner has a new "free" version that is sponsored by adware from WhenU.
Sanford Wallace (nicknamed Spamford for his history of spamming) and his company Smartbot.net have been ordered to shut down operations and give up $4,089,500 of their ill-gotten gains.
SocketShield is a new security application just launched by Exploit Prevention Labs, founded by two veterans of the anti-malware/anti-spyware business, Bob Bales and Roger Thompson, both former executives of Pest Patrol which was bought by Computer Associates two years ago.SocketShield is designed to stop exploits and block malware at the gate.
Does the press exaggerate the dangers of the internet? Here is one take that’s definitely worth the click.
The RIAA has struck again, this time suing a family that has no computer and no internet connection. When told of the lawsuit, James Walls said he was unaware of the lawsuit since he had not been served yet – he asked, "How can they sue us if we don’t even have a computer?"
I got a spam this morning with a subject line of "yahoo send you postcard" from "postcard". Of course all the alarms went off in my head, but there was no attachment.
My head is swimming and I feel ill. I just read the blogs about 180solutions‘ latest — Yapbrowser, installed from 180’s servers no less, that directs all search requests to child porn sites. And this from a company that has made countless claims of cleaning up their act.
Over the past few months I've become increasingly aware of the number of web sites being compromised and used for phishing and/or dropping malware. Why is this happening? I'm told by one expert there is a painfully apparent lack of knowledge of how to secure a web server.
DirectRevenue’s finances are most interesting — they were making tons of money and paying out large amounts to their distributors, while users’ computers were being trashed with their adware/spyware.