Last week I blogged about Pushing Zango on MySpace and linked to Paperghost's blog asking if teenagers are being unwittingly used to push Zango on my space. It looks like Paperghost (aka Chris Boyd) managed to create a bit of a stir on the subject and now it looks like Zango is on its way out. Chris' blog managed to get digged, slashdotted and boinged all within a few days. SecurityProNews discovered the culprits behind the two Zango profiles on MySpace and guess who -- see Zango Admits to Placing MySpace Profiles. But, it was a mistake, of course. A Zango spokesperson was quoted stating:
"Those two test accounts were actually created by one of our developers who was exploring possible opportunities, but he didn't realize it was Zango business practice not to target MySpace," said Stratz. "He should not have been doing this, and we want to tell MySpace that we didn't mean to target them." The developer, said Stratz, would soon be deleting the profiles.
Right. Paperghost also found the guy responsible for pushing Zango in MySpace, link here. A few days later Paperghost declared victory. One site no longer has the Zango video for MySpace, but how many others are there still pushing Zango videos? This site continues to have the Zango videos and no doubt there are lots more. A Google search for MySpace videos brings up 111,000,000 hits! But not all of them have Zango videos -- it would be interesting to know the numbers though.
While on the subject of MySpace, check out the warnings of other problems there. Webhelper discovered a MySpace Toolbar being installed from DollarRevenue by another adware company, RegiFast.com under very deceptive circumstances. I've had RegiFast downloaded through exploits and installed without notice or consent -- that's not a nice company. Spywareguide blog also notes a MySpace hack -- details at ChaseAndSam.com.