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    Didn't see this posted. Since this is in front of them. Snail mail write, or call your representative and explain not only spyware, but scumware. This is a time that if there were a real affiliate orginization, it would pound on the drum and get people to action.

    Writing your congressmen might sound stupid, but it does work. Take a few minutes today and explain to them how scumware, spyware's nasty cousin, is taking your income and having the user lose control. Ebates has clearly now said their software works, even when not registered. Explain it all to your rep.

    http://news.com.com/2100-1028-5057094.html?tag=nl

    The Safeguard Against Privacy Invasions Act would require companies using spyware to get permission from computer users before installing the software on their machines.

    Spyware is the much-maligned software that companies secretly install to monitor people's Internet habits and gather information about them. The software itself is not illegal, and many companies disclose their use of spyware in licensing agreements. However, few people read the fine print of those agreements, meaning the software often is installed unknowingly on a person's computer.


    Bono, R-Calif., said her bill is designed to prevent invasions of privacy. "Companies that utilize spyware can sometimes view everything from passwords to credit card numbers of unknowing consumers," Bono said in a statement. "Through this bill, users will knowingly agree to the conditions under which spyware operates before it can be installed on their computers."

    The bill would require companies to post an agreement in a conspicuous location telling computer users that spyware is being installed. Companies also would be required to get the user's permission. Businesses that collect personally identifiable information would have to post an additional notice warning people of its plans. Furthermore, companies that install spyware would have to disclose a valid name, street address and e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission would be in charge of regulating the process and imposing penalties on companies that do not comply.

    The measure is the second permission-based technology bill introduced in Congress in the past week, as more and more legislators try to tap into tech-related issues. On Thursday, Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Chris John, D-La., unveiled legislation aimed at curbing children's access to porn on file-sharing networks. That measure would require peer-to-peer companies to get permission from parents before installing software on a minor's computer.

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    Thanks Chez,

    Great information!

    We all should make a letter and send it.
    Campaigning on this issue would be a big help to get us some break!

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    The noose is tightening on those who push spyware/Adware on unsuspecting victims. The billions in dollars pilfered by indentity thieves is well documented by DA/Attorney General cybercrime units, seeking to eliminate hidden and bundled downloads compromising folks computers. It is illegal to install anything on anyones computer without their expressed premission.

    Computer security experts said the Lover Spy service and software appeared to violate U.S. law, but also said the surveillance program pointed to an increasingly common way for hackers to seize control of computers.

    Marketed as a way to "catch a cheating lover," the Lover Spy company offers to send an e-mail greeting card to lure the victim to a Web site that will download onto the victim's computer a trojan program to be used for spying.

    The Lover Spy software, sold for $89 for up to five computers, purports to record anything the victim does on the computer, including all keystrokes, passwords, e-mail, chats and screen shots and even turn on the victim's Web camera.

    The spy program discreetly sends the information to the Lover Spy server which then forwards it on to whoever paid for the software, maintaining their anonymity, according to the company Web site, which did not list contact information.

    "Lover Spy is being used today by private investigators worldwide, spouses and parents who want to protect their children," the site claims.

    "You don't need physical access to the computer," said Richard Smith, an independent privacy and security researcher in Boston. "It makes it so you can spy on anybody you want."

    "That would be a felony," said Mark Rasch, former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's computer crime unit and chief security counsel for security company Solutionary. "Loading a program onto someone else's computer without their authorization is patently illegal."

    "Yikes! That is clearly a wiretapping violation," Chris Hoofnagle, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said when told of Lover Spy.

    "It sounds a lot like a commercial version of Magic Lantern," the controversial program the FBI proposed a few years ago to remotely install a keystroke logger onto people under investigation, he said.

    Other spyware exists, such as eBlaster from Florida-based SpectorSoft, but it is installed manually and marketed for customers to install on their own computer, Rasch said.

    "Typically, you have a husband or wife who puts a keystroke logger on the home PC to monitor what Web pages the spouse is going to and what e-mails they're sending," he said.

    However, even installing a spyware program on your own computer may be illegal if it is recording the data of someone else without their consent, depending on the state in which the spying occurs, Hoofnagle said.

    Not only could the Lover Spy company be prosecuted for selling software that enables spying, but the person who pays for the service could face up to 10 years in prison and fines for actual damages under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, he said. Web sites that surreptitiously send programs to a visitor's computer are an increasingly security menace, said Chris Wysopal, research director at security consultancy AtStake in Boston.

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    Now the perps writing the Spyware/Adware and trojan horse backdoors are feeling the heat. Maybe soon some of the BHO's will be able to find out who wrote their original theftware programs.



    http://www.msnbc.com/news/968178.asp?0si=-

    Mystery shrouds arrest of accused
    software pirate

    Ukrainian said to be ‘kingpin’
    of global computer crime By Mike Brunker
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    Sept. 30 — U.S. authorities are trying to reel in a rare fish — an alleged software pirate from the former Soviet Union who may be one of the biggest catches so far in the war on cybercrime. But instead of trumpeting the arrest of Maksym Kovalchuk, investigators and prosecutors have cast a net of secrecy around the case and their efforts to extradite the 25-year-old Ukrainian from Thailand.

    THOUGH KOVALCHUK WAS described as a “kingpin” of international computer crime at the time of his arrest, many details of the case against him remain unclear more than four months after he was apprehended by Thai authorities as he was downloading a frozen treat in a Bangkok ice cream parlor.
    Kovalchuk’s arrest on an international warrant obtained by U.S. authorities was the result of a criminal complaint filed in Northern California. But that complaint remains sealed, and officials with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose declined to discuss the case in response to interview requests from MSNBC.com.
    One reason for the low-key approach is that U.S. authorities apparently hope to use Kovalchuk’s arrest to further penetrate the shadowy world of software piracy in the Ukraine — a global hot spot for intellectual property theft, much of it orchestrated by organized crime syndicates.

    ‘OTHER SUSPECTS’ SOUGHT
    “His extradition is still pending, and there are other suspects in the case, so we really can’t say anything at this point,” said a U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman.
    A Thai court may rule as early as Wednesday on a U.S. extradition request for Kovalchuk. If it turns him over, Kovalchuk apparently would be the first person from the Ukraine — and possibly any of the former Soviet Union countries — to stand trial in the United States on software piracy charges and identity theft software downloads.......


    ‘MOST LUCRATIVE INCOME SOURCE’
    “They’re involved in all sort of other operations, but their most lucrative income source — and the one they’re least likely to be prosecuted for — is intellectual property crime,” said one source.
    In addition to levying punishing sanctions against the Ukraine and other nations that fail to crack down on counterfeiting and copyright infringement, U.S. and European leaders are trying to persuade governments that intellectual property laws offer an effective way of cracking down on organized crime.
    “It’s like Al Capone and taxes,” said the IIPA’s Schwarz. “You may not get them running guns or drugs, but you can get them selling materials illegally that come with forensic evidence … that you can trace back to the master replicator at the plant.”

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