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    http://news.com.com/2009-1023-985524...g=fd_lede1_hed

    Its good to see this being talked about in the more mainstream online media. IMO, educating the general public and getting them to act is the only way to deal with this stuff. Just getting someone to realize that, no, those popups aren't supposed to be there and making sure they know what to do about it is a step in the right direction. The real danger to us are the less blatant offenders -- those that aren't a serious enough annoyance to get people to react to them.

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    For a change a good article.

    As stated in the article "it's legal".
    When are lawmakers reacting?

    I would go to prison for writing a harmless worm virus that is just using bandwidth and copies itself to computers all over the world.

    Those software programs are not just using bandwidth, they invade the privacy of millions of people and breach security systems of thousands of companies.

    Maybe somebody should write a spyware that is not just tracking the users internet browsing behaviour, but tracking the users behavior on the computer and by doing so sending copies of the created documents and which software and games were executed and used who often and how long.

    That would force the governments to do something, because they did not got what it's all about today.

    After a few reports which government offical browsed wich porn site and a few top secret document flying around ... "this interesting document was brought to you by SpyWare xyz" . The governments will react.
    Anybody up to the task? I will send you cigaretes every month to you in prision .

    Yeah.. you need some sarcasm nowadays.

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    Oh.. by the way...
    Popular today.

    Imagine if terrorists would use the spyware technology to infiltrate government organisations?

    Who will be able to distinguish friend and foe if both use the same technology ... legaly?

    A friendly Spy is just tracking the commercial sites.
    The enemy "just" the governmental and intranet pages.

    Way to go.

    Commercialy Speaking, this Spy Technology is way cheaper than to have legions of Spys on the payroll. To bad that the east german Stasi did not had the technology in the past. It would have made most of the hundred thousands of IM's (Inoffical Employee's) obsolete.

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    [This message was edited by Carsten, Shop-Links on March 01, 2003 at 08:51 PM.]

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    They have it all wrong.

    Clearly as we have been told by all the adware software vendors.

    People want this stuff on their computers and are excited to have it on their computers. Earthlink must be lying about people complaining.

    Yeah.

    chet

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    Who monitizes these wankers ...? The networks, privacy info buyers and the sleeze bag merchants who eat their young to brand on a competitors site.

    "Some of these programs are getting better at sinking roots deep into a computers' operating system, making removal impractical. A widely distributed marketing program called "CommonName" recently changed its code, so that removing it with software such as Spybot made it impossible for the affected computer to access the Net.

    Distribution methods are becoming increasingly creative as well, going well beyond the tested means of piggybacking on peer-to-peer or other types of software.

    In one recent example, a small piece of advertising software was installed quietly on the machines of people who played a popular post-Sept. 11 Java game called "Yo Mamma, Osama!" That software activated itself every three minutes, to send data back to its home company, and stayed on machines long after the game was finished, Pest Patrol's Cafarchio said.

    Special report: PC's enemy within
    Why the Net needs new laws to thwart preditory advertising.

    In addition, spam e-mail can include hidden HTML links to spyware that is downloaded when a viewer opens it. So-called drive-by downloads operate similarly, starting a download process when visitors view a Web page. Although drive-by downloads typically ask for permission, many people accept the download, believing that it is a normal function of the Web site.

    Setting Internet Explorer security settings to high or medium can help guard against these download attempts, security experts say. Examining a PC's system with one of several free anti-spyware programs can also help people understand what is running on their computer, though they cannot guarantee absolute protection against new forms of the surreptitious technology.

    "Spyware makers are looking for new, better-hidden places in the system to anchor themselves," Spybot creator Patrick Kolla said in an e-mail interview. "The challenge for any anti-spyware software lies here in keeping the detection mechanisms as well as the detection database up-to-date at the same time."



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    A older article casts some light on the subject.
    http://news.com.com/2009-1023-937366.html

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