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    Man Indicted for Installing 180solutions & Gammacash on 400,000 Machines
    So this guy made $60,000 installing 180solutions and Gammacash. He gets a 17-count federal indictment & the government will seize the money and his BMW.

    http://www.wired.com/news/technology...w=wn_tophead_2

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    Too cool! Hope this sets a precedent that can broaden the definitions and scope of invasive violations in future.

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    wired - This week, 180solutions announced it had helped Dutch officials crack down on a rogue distributor, and last month the company updated its adware so that the installation click-wrap notification process is presented from the company's own servers, instead of inside the code where it's vulnerable to tampering.
    It's time for these guys at 180solutions to serve jail time.

    BTW, there's at least two threads on the subject:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=65651
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=65623

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    I think off-line it's a criminal act referred to as "breaking and entering." No difference, except that online or wrecking people's computers it can be even more damaging long term.

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    Well the 3 year saga of 180Solutions being embedded as the best Super Affililiate partner any shanky AM could ask for... just keeps getting better. Thousands of your affiliates, and those CPA indy networks, still ride that theftware train raping and pillaging your clients Ad budgets. Now they try to say their a reformed Adwhore operation cleaning up their cybercriminal distribution partnerships...

    www.zangocash.com will replace the few infestation biggies under indictment -awaiting jail time -killed off -bought off or cutt off by various courts and the Feds. This will allow the hord of scumbag affiliates, riding the 180Solutions cash cow, to disperse the money trail leading back to this den of snakes. Imagine the number of affiliates out there, who'd pimp their kids to pedophiles and sex slave traders if the price was right, who are signed up at www.zangocash.com Same one's showing up in those Zango Search Scout, and syndicated search bar hijacking results, accustomed to buying years worth of 3rd world PPCSE traffic to perform forced cookie washing.

    Well the 180Solutions renigs smell of an endless string of phoney "buy some time" broken promises. ... http://www.spywarewarrior.com/elh/180-summ.htm

    Ever wonder if they lunch or dine with the CoolWebSearch gang of well connected PPCSE cybercriminals also fueling a slew of scumbag affiliates, who know 180Solutions check writing address. Read it and learn you lazy AM's out there. http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html

    Zango gets disected by a Microsoft insider... http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/temp/zango.htm
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    I love the way 180 helps bust these people.
    Proof that there is no honor among thieves.


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    ZangoCASH is the former LOUDcash company (from Montreal), bought by 180, so they can continue to do...

    stuff like this.... (story gets good around paragraph 6 or 7).
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081600727.html

    and stuff like this...
    http://netrn.net/spywareblog/archive...-web-we-weave/

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    Real scumbags knowing the networks would allow them any type of infestation practice, as long as the crap didn't blow back on them..... interesting read.

    "Armed with a botnet of several thousand computers, distributors can make big money, and fast. LoudCash.com, a Quebec-based distribution firm bought by 180Solutions earlier this year, promises affiliates "big league payouts" and claims to offer the best per-installation rates in the industry, currently 25 cents.

    LoudCash's site features a "revenue calculator" which prospective affiliates can use to estimate their monthly earnings. An enterprising hacker controlling a network of just 5,000 PCs -- and at least half of the target computers are located in the United States -- that bot master could make as much as $744 a day, or $22,346.25 a month, according to the company's calculator.

    That sort of easy money is a strong draw for hackers who already control botnets and are willing to use them as platforms for spyware and adware, said Sam Norris, president of San Marcos, Calif.-based Changeip.com, a company that helps Web sites remain reachable at the same domain name no matter how frequently their numerical Internet address changes. These "dynamic DNS services" allow botnet operators to periodically change the location of the Web servers used to control their networks, thus making them much harder to detect or shut down.

    Norris said that each week he terminates several new Changeip.com accounts that appear to be connected with botnet and spyware activity. In the spring, Norris began tracking one customer who was using Changeip.com's services to control a botnet of 40,000 computers. Norris obtained a copy of the virus the customer used to infect machines and install the 180Solutions software; the programming code also contained an affiliate ID number issued by LoudCash.

    Norris alerted 180Solutions to the activity, and the advertising company said it later traced that affiliate ID to one of the defendants. The bot program directed computers to download and install 14 different adware products, more than half of which were produced by 180Solutions, Norris said. The virus also included at least 30 other features, including the ability to capture all of the victim's Web traffic and keyboard keystrokes -- with a particular interest in Paypal user names and passwords. Other programs installed by the bot allow the attackers to peek through the user's Webcam, or steal PC game registration keys" ..... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081600727.html
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    Networks who recruit and monitize affiliates to do the nasty on consumers systems should do jail time. Don't think it's not a forceable breaking and entering then explain away 9 billion in just repair costs... to replace broken backdoors, HD's and frozen operating systems..

    "Viruses and spyware have created a huge market for security software and services. At-home computer users invested more than $2.6 billion in software to protect their computers during the past two years, according to a study released this month by Consumer Reports. Even with those protections in place, however, consumers spent more than $9 billion on computer repairs and parts due to damage inflicted by viruses and spyware."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecomcity
    "Viruses and spyware have created a huge market for security software and services. "
    I'm willing to wager the software companies are the ones actually CREATING the viruses in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwc
    I'm willing to wager the software companies are the ones actually CREATING the viruses in the first place.
    Sounds like a tinfoil hat theory.. except security companies continue to push obsolete signature-based technologies when really you can stop most viruses just by blocking executable content, or better still, executable content in ZIP files.

    Back to 180 Solutions - I've *seen* the crapware that gets installed by viruses, and 180 Solutions is a common install. For 180 to say that they're not aware that this is going on is a lie.. and of course, if they make that lie in court under oath, that's a BIG lie.
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