Tag: spyware affiliates

Bad net-neighborhoods victim of drive-bys

When a website blatantly proclaims it is in the business of installing malicious software, and hasn’t been blackballed yet, you know there is trouble-a-brewing. eWeek posted this story about one such site that trys to draw in affiliates to push “drive-by” spyware downloads.

This isn’t anything really new – the concept of making some spare change by pumping a spyware app. You might expect someone like DirectRevenue or Claria twisting the words to make their services to sound legitimate, but the fact that there are folks out there pushing this type of affiliate concept in the open is downright nutty.

Out of the underground and into the mainstream…