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    Researchers Launch Anti-Spyware Site
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    NEW YORK Jan 25, 2006 A corporate-backed Web site being launched by researchers from Harvard and Oxford universities seeks to become a clearinghouse for Internet users on spyware and other malicious software.
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    I liked this part:::
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    "Internet users have become more cautious online because of worries about spyware and adware, which can sneak onto computers, bombard users with pop-up ads and drain processing power to the point of rendering computers unusable."


    That is what you want.. shoppers with computers they can't use...
    shoppers being scared/cautious of buying online or using the internet altogether...

    And it is all because the Networks and the Merchants allow this type of Affiliate to actually earn money using these malicious applications...
    Greed Is The Ultimate Sin...

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    "According to Palfrey, the Web site will name not only the program's developers but also its distributors and in some cases even companies that use such platforms to run ads."

    Good, expose em all

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    Palfrey's getting a call.
    Continued Success,

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    Their guidelines for reporting. I can think of some apps of concern by affiliates that would probably pass those guidelines. Will be interesting to see what is reported and how.

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    I agree, Kellie. If I were writing the guidelines, I'd be tougher on a variety of fronts.

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    Meanwhile, we keep hearing new vulnerabilities in IE that these hijackers just love to exploit.

    January 5, 2006
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../ms06-001.mspx

    January 10, 2006
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS06-002.mspx

    All critical updates, code execution flaws in IE when one visits a hacked or dubious site with code intending to exploit it.

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    www.stopbadware.org will be a huge buz source for cleaning up the darkside forces behind the networks false fronts.

    ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/spyware_d...NlYwMlJVRPUCUl
    "Badware" is a new, catch-all term that refers not just to spyware but to a broader class of malicious software, which once installed on a computer can open the door to viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other forms of computer attack. One in six respondents to a survey by Consumer Reports complained they had been a victim of so-called badware in 2003-04, spending $250, on average, to repair computer damage, or around $3.5 billion in total.

    Organizers declined to immediately identify specific targets, saying they would issue monthly reports of their findings that name specific companies and provide consumers with tips for how to fix problems created by the programs. "We do have companies in mind but we are not going to name names off the bat," said John Palfrey, co-director of the Stop Badware Coalition and director of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

    "The key message here is that we are putting every company on notice," he said.

    "These are companies that operate in the shadows," said Beau Brendler, director of Consumer Reports WebWatch. "Some of these companies are trying to come forward and have initial public offerings." The StopBadware.org Web site will allow Internet users to check to see if software programs they want to download from the Web are infected with badware and allow site contributors to alert others to malicious programs they have encountered.
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    WTF has this affiliate industry come to when 15 MILLION web sites are indexed that install Badware on unsuspecting web surfers systems. I'm not kidding there are affiliates taking infestation fees, running phishing sites on 15,000,000 domains.

    http://www.websense.com/global/en/Pr...ase=0602071127

    Websense Master Database Grows to More than 15 Million Active Malware Websites

    Industry leading database reflects growth of the web as an attack vector

    SAN DIEGO February 7, 2006 -- Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), the world’s leading provider of employee internet management solutions, today announced that the Websense® Master Database now contains more than 15 million active websites, including sites infected with malicious code such as viruses and keyloggers. Working in conjunction with the company’s award-winning web filtering and web security software, the Websense Master Database enables sophisticated filtering options for organizations to protect their computers, networks, endpoints and mobile devices against new web-based threats as well as objectionable content.

    The Websense Master Database is the most accurate, up-to-date database in the industry. Recent increases to the Master Database reflect the continual growth of the internet as an attack vector by today’s cyber-criminals. The Websense database reached 10 million sites in May 2005 and quickly grew to 15 million sites within approximately eight months. Today, the database includes more than 90 categories, such as spyware, phishing and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, which organizations can use to protect employees against malicious internet sites as well as set flexible filtering policies for employee web usage...... "

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    related .. http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20060210/tc_cmp/179102616

    Spyware Triples During 2005

    Spyware tripled during 2005, became ever-more sophisticated and stealthy, and attached itself to U.S. computers at rates above any other country, a security company says.

    By Gregg Keizer
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    Feb 7, 2006 02:55 PM

    Spyware tripled during 2005, a security company said Tuesday, became ever-more sophisticated and stealthy, and attached itself to U.S. computers at rates above any other country.

    According to Boulder, Colo.-based anti-spyware developer Webroot, 2005 ended with 400,000 spyware-distributing sites and a global count of 120,000 different traces, or spyware components. At the start of the year, Webroot had identified only 40,000 traces, a tripling Webroot credited to the increasing sophistication of spyware......

    http://www.informationweek.com/story...Sfeed_IWK_News

    Some real tar and feathering of network execs and all the AM firms running BHO recruiting campaigns is coming in 2006.
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    Excellent articles and post Mike!!!!

    A quote from the yahoo article you linked to:
    "one of the research's most startling conclusions was the number of spyware-infected sites. One out of every 20 executable files on Web sites is spyware, and 1 in 25 domains contain at least one piece of spyware waiting for victims"

    People think that spyware is rare and dimishing... it's just getting more stealthy.

    Quote from the second artilce you linked:
    "Other Websense Master Database advancements over the past year include:
    Malicious websites—more than a 3,900 percent increase."
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    "Keyloggers—more than doubled in growth."

    These types of numbers are not kids and newbie hackers, it's obviously organized crime.

    Congress needs to ***** slap the FTC and get them going. Our economy is becoming reliant on growth of internet commerce, it's essential to our prosperity that organized crime be attacked and halted.

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    I can't agree more: it's essential to our prosperity that organized crime be attacked and halted.
    FTC is busy too: Between January and December 2005, Consumer Sentinel, the complaint database developed and maintained by the FTC, received over 685,000 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints. Consumers reported losses from fraud of more than $680 million.
    http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/pub...0Fraud2005.pdf

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    The only reason for this growth in Malware infestations is the insistance of major affiliate enabled merchants to hire cybercriminals, through the networks, to attack their competitors web sites at the Point of Sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecomcity
    The only reason for this growth in Malware infestations is the insistance of major affiliate enabled merchants to hire cybercriminals, through the networks, to attack their competitors web sites at the Point of Sale.
    The world is waking up to the BHO Adwhore threats and demand the very roots of the evil forces ruling the affiliate networks get pulled from they lofty perches.

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6...=zdfd.newsfeed
    "WASHINGTON--Companies could find themselves put up for public humiliation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if they continue to advertise through insidious ad-serving software.

    Such a move might help in the battle against adware, FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said Thursday at an event here hosted by the Anti-Spyware Coalition. Adware is software that displays pop-up ads on PCs, often after Internet searches.

    "I think that could have a beneficial effect," Leibowitz said in an interview. "In this context, maybe shaming a company on how they are spending money might inure to the benefit of consumer's privacy."

    The FTC would publicly announce and publish the name of a company that advertises using adware that installs itself surreptitiously on consumer PCs or by using spyware, Leibowitz said. He would recommend publicly shaming advertisers to the other FTC commissioners if the adware problem doesn't decrease, he said. .... more!"

    ..."Aside from public humiliation for the advertisers, the adware and spyware companies also face the wrath of the FTC. Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, in a speech at the Anti-Spyware Coalition event earlier on Thursday, said the FTC would win the battle against adware and spyware.

    "The dissemination of harmful, unremovable programs that frustrate consumers' ability to control their own computers is digital carjacking, and we intend to vigorously prosecute it," Majoras said.".... http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6037277.html?tag=nl
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