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January 27th, 2005, 03:56 AM #1Threat: Stealth network
I just did a unplanned run of Spybot - Search & Destroy on my computer and I found this:
Company: Brilliant Digital
Product: B3D Projector/Brilliant Digital Entertainment
Threat: Stealth network
Company URL: http: // www. brilliantdigital.com/ (I made it a no link to brilliantdigital, they don't need the popularity.)
Company product URL: http ://www. brilliantdigital.com/content.asp?ID=437
Company privacy URL: http ://www. brilliantdigital.com/content.asp?ID=531
Plays 3d online files, stealth P2P network
According to News.com (http://news.com.com/2100-1023-873181.html), the BDE Software contains technologie that would allow Brilliant Digital to turn every computer with BDE installed into a node of a Brilliant controlled network. Thus Brilliant could use your computer for distributed computing without your knowledge.
After I did the removal of that thing from my computer, I went to the news.com page listed on the description line: http://news.com.com/2100-1023-873181.html
Wow, there is a big page of bad info there about BrilliantDigital. I noticed that the info is from 2002, now I wonder how did I got that old thing on my computer in the last 10 days, since I have not downloaded anything to my computer this year (well, except on the 19th when I downloaded a new browser to do a test and then I remove it because I didn't like it. )
This is a quote from that info page:
Brilliant Digital CEO Kevin Bermeister says computers or Internet connections won't be used without their owners' permission. But the company will nevertheless have access to millions of computers at once, almost as easily as turning on a light switch.
"Everybody will get turned on in more or less a simultaneous fashion," Bermeister said. "This will be an opt-in program...We're trying to create a secure network based on end-user relationships."
The Brilliant Digital plan is the most ambitious yet from a string of companies that have tried to make money off the millions of people who are downloading and using free file-swapping programs such as Kazaa, MusicCity's Morpheus or LimeWire.
Nearly all of the file-swapping programs now routinely come bundled with so-called adware or spyware--programs that automatically pop up advertisements while people surf the Web or that keep track of where someone surfs, information that can then be sold to marketing companies. Despite growing concerns about this bundled software, ..............
Note: As of today, I have not have run into any problem that I can say was caused by that adware, spyware or whatever it's. The only thing that maybe, now that I think about it, I think that I might have heard my HD running more often when the CPU is at idle for a while, but right now I can't be sure of that because of the autosuggestion of finding a spyware on my system.
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