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    Looking through my server logs this morning, I found a reference to http://ww2.ieplugin.com/.
    On their home page I found this sales pitch:
    quote:
    - Free Download!
    - One Click Multi-Engine Net Search!
    - Smart Shopping - Compare Prices
    - News On Your Desktop
    - Free Offers
    - Faster Net Surfing
    - Smarter Net Surfing
    Comming Soon: Third Party Popup Killer, Desktop Quick Search, Anonymous E-mail Service


    There terms of use are pretty interesting too:
    quote:
    You grant IEPL permission to collect and store information on which toolbar buttons you click on, your response to advertising, the search terms you entered on the toolbar and/or all other information relates to your internet usage habit. IEPL may at times ask you for your personally identifiable information, such as name, address, email address, postal/zip code, and telephone number. You hereby grant IEPL permission to store such information in a separate database. You hereby grant IEPL permission to distribute your non personally identifiable information, to the extent permitted by law, to our partners, agents, and/or any third party in IEPL's sole discretion. IEPL does not currently enable users to access, review, edit, or delete information, including internet usage information, collected during use of the Service. By using the IEPL Software and/or Service you agree, to the extent permitted by law, to waive any constitutional, common law, statutory, or regulatory right of access to such information that you might otherwise have or acquire

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    12. ARBITRATION. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that any claim or controversy arising out of or related to this Agreement, or the products or services we provide and/or distribute, shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as at present in force and as may be amended by the rest of this clause. The appointing authority shall be Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. The place of arbitration shall be in Hong Kong at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).


    Does anybody know anything about these guys?

    Jason
    “That’s the song I’ve been sangin for years, that’s the way the wild wind blows” – Robert Earl Keen

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    My only words on an operation like this is SCUMBAGS and offshore Con-men.

    Please tell me which affiliate networks allow these wanks into their fold as creative affiliates. Creative my butt. The above type company and their adware/spyware virus are the wave of the future if the networks don't refuse to pay any of them a dime if they get past the signup process and infiltrate merchant programs. NO AFFILIATE who uses shopping bars -adwarez viruses -spyware -browser hijacking programs and redirect servers should be allowed to join any merchant programs. Once they are uncovered by the networks compliance staff their accounts are deactivated immediately.

    WebMaster Mike

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    Notice how the owners of the domain ieplugins.com masks even their registration information of the domain in the whois database. Someone should buy up ieplugin.net
    ieplugin.biz
    ieplugin.info
    ieplugin.tv
    ieplugin.org
    ieplugin.us
    ieplugin.bz
    ie-plugin.com ie-plug-in.com
    ie-plugins.com

    Registrant:
    Jonathon Rube

    Registered through: Go Daddy Software (http://www.godaddy.com)
    Domain Name: IEPLUGINS.COM
    and put up some anti-parastic spyware site.

    WebMaster Mike

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    ieplugin.net is available!
    ieplugin.org is available!
    ieplugin.info is available!
    ieplugin.biz is available!
    ieplugin.us is available!


    Registrant:
    Hunter TV & Broadcasting Group Ltd.
    Domain Name IEPLUGIN.COM Leased To IE PLUGIN LTD.
    553 Hu Xing Rd, #12
    Shanghai, Shanghai 200025
    CN

    Domain Name: IEPLUGIN.COM

    Administrative Contact:
    Domain, Lease domainlease@ieplugin.com
    HTBG LTD. Domain Names Lease
    553 Hu Xing Rd, #12
    Shanghai, Shanghai 200025
    CN
    000-000-000

    Technical Contact:
    IE, PLUGIN dns@ieplugin.com
    IE PLUGIN LTD.
    Domain Name IEPLUGIN.COM Management Rights Subject to
    Terms and Conditions of HTBG Domain Name Lease Agreement.
    Belize City, Belize City -
    BZ
    000-000-000



    Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
    Record last updated on 02-Oct-2002.
    Record expires on 16-Oct-2003.
    Record Created on 16-Oct-2001.

    Domain servers in listed order:
    MDNS1.VERISIGN-GRS.COM 207.228.252.100
    MDNS2.VERISIGN-GRS.COM 216.98.142.72
    MDNS3.VERISIGN-GRS.COM 209.61.140.14
    NS1.EVERYDNS.NET 209.75.39.141
    NS2.EVERYDNS.NET 209.75.39.142
    NS3.EVERYDNS.NET 193.109.122.204
    NS4.EVERYDNS.NET 12.25.235.41
    NS1.TWISTED4LIFE.COM 203.115.228.163

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    This is the spyware known as IEPlugin. http://and.doxdesk.com/parasite/IEPlugin.html (use 217.115.153.73 instead of and.doxdesk.com if that's still blocked from where you are).

    The people behind it are 'InfoAge Marketing International' - Google it for some of the interesting scams they are involved in.

    --
    Andrew Clover
    mailto:and@doxdesk.com
    http://and.doxdesk.com/

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    Don't open eGreeting cards this season..

    From Fred Lagna's newletter "More Scumware-By-EULA

    Fred: Your recent discussion of spam made me think of a
    recent incident that your readers may appreciate being
    made aware of.

    I received an email recently from a friend, which claimed
    that an e-greetings card was awaiting me and all I needed
    was to click the quoted link. The associated site required
    me to download an ActiveX element. I was a little
    reluctant but checked the digital certificate, which
    checked out. On accepting the download an EULA (End User
    Licensing Agreement) appeared. And this is where I made my
    mistake - I didn't bother to read it.

    The e-card appeared but with no personal message. In
    another window I noted that Outlook was receiving lots of
    messages from the server announcing failed sendings. I
    thought 'virus' and turned off the computer. On restarting
    my system without the email software a virus scan showed
    no problem. Unconvinced I checked Google which led me to a
    series of articles/warnings about Friendgreetings.com
    The EULA contained a notice indicating that I gave
    permission for the 'card' to be mass-mailed to everyone on
    my address books. In addition, it gave the company the
    right to add other software to my system and even an
    apparent right to prevent me from removing such software!
    Popup windows had started to appear advertising products.

    I located the removal instructions and cleared my system
    of the offending software. I then emailed all my address
    book entries to warn them of the problem, apologise and
    gave removal instructions including the McAfee URL
    http//vil.nai.com/vil/content/v%5F99760.htm to verify that
    my email was not itself a hoax virus. I finally wondered
    how I was going to repair my monitor from the repeated
    head bashing that I'd been giving it.

    Contacting our technical people revealed that this
    'attack' is not counted as a virus because of the EULA and
    so the virus software doesn't check for it. Obviously the
    message here is to read the EULA with care, but also that
    people out there are getting pretty nasty in order to sell
    online advertising.

    Regards and thanks for the list and plus --- Mike Robertshaw

    "Friendgreetings" is nasty--- a combination of spam+trojan. But, as
    many have found out, although it's unethical and scummy, it's
    technically legal because users are agreeing to let it do its thing
    when they accept the EULA.

    In my opinion, companies that behave this way should be driven out
    of business...Fred langa

    More info: http://www.google.com/search?q=Friendgreetings

    Notice how the scumbags hide behind lawyers as both groups have the ethics of a pick pocket.

    WebMaster Mike

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    quote:

    I received an email recently from a friend, which claimed
    that an e-greetings card was awaiting me and all I needed
    was to click the quoted link. The associated site required
    me to download an ActiveX element.


    I had a simililar experience last week and told the sender I appreciated his card but was leary about downloading software to my computer. The next day he sends an email out to dozens of people saying he got a virus that was sending out this to all the people in his address book and not to open the file. Too late for most people, I'm sure.

    Ron - 7 Days A Week Marketing

    Every day is a chance to learn something new and a opportunity to teach someone else.

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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    The EULA contained a notice indicating that I gave
    permission for the 'card' to be mass-mailed to everyone on
    my address books. In addition, it gave the company the
    right to add other software to my system and even an
    apparent right to prevent me from removing such software!
    - - - - - - - - - - - - -


    Eh, heh..... people will click anything, sometimes, for the simple reason that it is just too tiring not to trust ANYONE.... someone inveriably gets burned.

    The government really needs to pass a 'Bat' law. That is, someone pulls something like this over on you, you get to hit them with a bat, right upside the head.

    I Will FOCUS On My Goal

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    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] I like that "bat" law. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Pow, Wham, Bam! Batman...

    Keep Your Hands Off My Cookies

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    I think it'd win the popular vote, though it might get held up in committe somewhere's, lol.

    I Will FOCUS On My Goal

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    Rouge affiliate seeks unwilling spamm partnerships....

    "Greeting" Card EULA Abusers

    In "More Scumware-By-EULA" (
    http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2002/2002-11-21.htm#2 ) we discussed how
    "Friendgreetings" abuses its End-User-License-Agreement by embedding deep
    within it a clause that says, in effect, that you're allowing them to
    place scumware on your PC. Alas, they're not the only one doing this, and
    other, similar vendors keep shifting their domain name to try to stay one
    step ahead of anti-scumware tools:

    Below is a list of who is sending that Emailer Hack they
    "legally" trick people into. To get around the Anti Spam tools
    they use new names. I don't see how they can afford to do this.
    Each of the names are real and do have that so called "non-
    virus" ready for a sucker [to download]. The list grows every
    day...---Jim Cooke

    [Note: to make these links unclickable, Jim has replaced the
    punctuation with the word DOT.}

    surprise-card DOT net
    surprise-cards DOT net
    surprise-greeting DOT net
    surprise-greetings DOT net
    surprisecard DOT net
    surprisecards DOT net
    surprisegreeting DOT net
    surprisegreetings DOT net
    cool-download DOT com
    cool-download DOT net
    cool-downloads DOT com
    cool-downloads DOT net
    friend-card DOT com
    friend-card DOT net
    friend-cards DOT com
    friend-cards DOT net
    friend-greeting DOT com
    friend-greeting DOT net
    friend-greetings DOT com
    friend-greetings DOT net
    friendcard DOT com
    friendcard DOT net
    friendcards DOT com
    friendcards DOT net
    friendgreeting DOT com
    friendgreeting DOT net
    friendgreetings DOT com
    friendgreetings DOT net
    surprise-card DOT net
    surprise-cards DOT net
    surprise-greeting DOT net
    surprise-greetings DOT net
    surprisecard DOT net
    surprisecards DOT net
    surprisegreeting DOT net
    surprisegreetings DOT net
    ...

    Everone of these crap domains will try and do a driveby install of the Outlook e-malwarez virus.

    www.langa.com for getting on Fred's e-mail list...
    Another Reader-Recommended Anti-Spyware Tool

    Our recent discussion of "Real-Life Spam Solutions" (
    http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20021115S0018 ) is still
    generating good reader comment not only on spam tools, but also on
    related software, such as this spyware blocker:

    Hi Fred, I've just come across a fascinating program that uses
    an idea I hadn't thought of before to stop spyware from
    running. It's called "SpywareBlaster" and it can be found from
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/spywareblaster.html . It works
    by setting the "kill bit" of well-known spyware ActiveX
    controls, such as Comet Cursor, Xupiter, and so on. After this
    has been done, the spyware will not run on your computer, and
    best of all - if you go to a page which would otherwise
    automatically install it, IE will recognise that the kill bit
    is set and refuse the installation. All other ActiveX controls
    will work fine. It's probably worth pointing out to your
    readers that if they have any software which uses spyware, that
    disabling it in this way may cause these programs to stop
    functioning. It's probably best to run Ad-Aware first to detect
    the Spyware and which programs they come from, and then to
    install SpywareBlaster afterwards. I found this on the "Spyware
    Weekly" newsletter at http://www.spywareinfo.com/ , if your
    readers are interested.--- Ciaran Hamilton



    WebMaster Mike

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