Tag: spyware

Oklahoma pushing spyware bill

The Oklahoma legislature has a bill pending that would codify the bad in spyware. Steven Roemerman of Roemerman on Record pushed a copy my way.

Did I read it? Well kinda (at least the definitions stuff – which it looks like they got right).

I’d like to say that any law that can be used to further buckle down on spyware must be a good thing. Unfortunately, as [more than] rumor would have it, Microsoft helped write the bill, so I will withhold further comment.

Oh, spyware kits. They’re next to the shaving cream.

Or maybe that should be “next to the Zip disks.”

Sophos discovered a spyware kit for sale on a Russian website. Price? Under $20 bucks.

Some look at it as opening up the spyware game to any and every wanna-be malcreant. But since the scripts, etc. contained in the kit will be useless very soon (now that they have been discovered), I see it differently. To me, it is just one more case of buying technology, only to find it’s obsolete the moment you leave the store.

Spyware coalition on verge of breakthrough report

StopBadware.org, that coalition of smarties aiming to, uh, stop badware in its tracks, is about to release its first report. This report is rumored to contain a doosie – that P2P file sharing software like Kazaa may contain spyware!

The group will recommend..

“that users stay away from Kazaa and three other programs that can be combined with Trojans and bots for use in data theft attacks.”

Damn, am I glad those guys are around. Who would of thought?

Anti-spyware business booming, but for how long?

Webroot is saying that business is booming, but I have to ask, “for how long?”

Microsoft is carefully negotiating the streets of security. They had to make a decision on how to offer products like Windows Defender – do they give it away and risk more problems with the InJustice Department, or make users pay for their security problems?

Its Microsoft, for goodness sakes. Of course they are going to try and sell it! But they still might bump against legalese. They are being very, no extremely, price competitive. In fact, they could be pricing other desktop security vendors out of the market.

Spyware study says Paparazzi are bad

A study just release by researchers at the University of Washington suggests spyware threats are still a big problem, one that could be reduced significantly if people didn’t go looking for the latest gossip on Britney Spears.

Celebrity sites, as it turns out, are among the worst when it comes to drive-by downloads (where you get infected just by visiting a site versus actually taking something from it). Nonetheless, the researchers said this kind of problem is on the wane.

It is the files you download, where greater than 5% contain some type of spyware, that folks need to worry about.

Wendy Selzer responds, lawyerly

I guess that anti-spyware zealots have been redeemed, sort-of, after being "kinda" put down by a "representative" of the StopBadware.org "coalition." Ms. Selzer has responded with all the "kindness" and "candor" befitting the web.

Two points have been cleared up. First, anti-spyware zealots serve a valuable purpose – exposing the problem; second, there should be no question as to Ms. Selzer’s chosen profession.

I hereby promise to make no lawyer jokes for the rest of the month.

Spyware vendor walks, tail between legs

When someone simply walks from a big lawsuit, you know they either don’t have a case, or they don’t wan’t “something” to get disclosed in court. No telling which one it is here, but 180Solutions, who can’t seem to tell it straight, has now walked from their lawsuit against ZoneLabs.

And for the cocky Mac user..

I think Mac users are a bit too cocky about security. I use anti-virus protection on mine, and make sure to clean up caches and disk permissions on a regular basis. It just makes good computing sense. Still, I wondered when I might fall victim to some pop-up generator or keylogger, as there is a dearth of products to protect me on that front. In other words, I have been waiting for some decent spyware/adware/malware protection, and maybe it is now here. Of course, I’ll wait for the reviews, as I wouldn’t want to get screwed by installing it.

Spyware changing colors

According to the latest spyware report from Webroot, adware infections are slowing, and system monitors are becoming more common.

With more and more keyloggers on the loose, and music companies watching what you are listening to, the news from Webroot is none too surprising.

Sony rues the day, but wait…

Some day a few Sony executives are going to look back at the rootkit fiasco, and considering the sheer stupidity of the move, wonder why they are unemployed.

The birds are circling, and circling bigtime. Big security firms classified Sony’s CDs as spyware, and that was all she wrote. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the company for damaging PCs, and state attorney general offices are getting in the act as well.

This all seems timely, but Sony (and its music brethren) may also be doing a little lobbying along the way. The latest anti-spyware bill to pass a Senate committee specifically targets remote installs of spyware, and popping a plastic platter full of shitty music into your computer could hardly be classified as remote.