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IOBit Steals Malwarebytes' Intellectual Property


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#1 Galadriel

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 03:14 PM

For a while we've been seeing IOBit logfiles posted on the forum that bear a striking resemblance to logs of another well respected diagnosis tool (Trend Micro's HijackThis). You can find a few of those here on this forum. This post is to let everyone know that it has been confirmed that their Security 360 application is using (read stealing) the database from Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware program. For a full explanation, with details, links and relevant info, read RubberDuckY's (Marcin Kleczinsky - owner and founder of MalwareBytes) post here:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=29681

That is quite simply theft. Shame on you IOBit. You're not making any friends in the security community with this.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 04:24 PM

Thanks for posting this for me. :thumbsup:

Edited by GT500, 02 November 2009 - 04:30 PM.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:21 PM

Stuck this in one post and will continue to post where ever I can!

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10386...12.html#addcomm

Google "Iobits steals software" an hour or so ago there was little to nothing, as of two minutes ago it is being swamped! Lets hope the community buries them!

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:52 PM

Think this has gone viral: https://twitter.com/#search?q=Malwarebytes and Results 1 - 10 of about 15,300 for IOBit steals. http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&...-8&oe=utf-8

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 03:32 AM

Holy flurping schnit!

Anyone get a screengrab? None of the Google cache links are working.

EDIT: Bing's cache is still working: http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=%22http+f...f7093a,c4461288

Edit Edit: IOBit's response: http://forums.iobit.com/showthread.php?p=28954 and http://blog.iobit.com/archives/95.html

Edit Edit Edit: screencap in case the cache dies

*AmazingAndrew starts uninstalling IOBits' software.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 03 November 2009 - 04:49 AM.


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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:23 AM

Um.....lol?

In all seriousness, though, their response to the claims is quite fishy, not to mention that the MBAM team made their own piece of completely harmless malware that was never sent into the wild and the definition ended up in their database mysteriously.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:29 AM

Sounds a bit Cooked to me!

Edited by OldPhil, 03 November 2009 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:36 PM

There is an updated reply by marcin today.

IOBitís Denial of Theft Unconvincing
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:39 PM

How foolish of IObit. Malwarebytes certainly has a case, suppose best not to infer anything as bound to become a legal matter.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 12:20 PM

I'm Removing IOBIT's ACS right now. Geeez!!!!

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 07:40 PM

I'm Removing IOBIT's ACS right now. Geeez!!!!


I had 2 free liscences for IOBit 360 Pro that I had won. I have removed it from both of my laptops and purchased MBAM for both. NO way am I supporting a security company that steals. We all know what they can do with access to our PCs with their software installed.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:08 PM

An Interview between Marcin and Iobit by softpedia...
Interview with Malwarebytes
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:17 PM

An Interview between Marcin and Iobit by softpedia...
Interview with Malwarebytes


I think IOBit is in deep trouble.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 12:28 PM

A tiny matter but it made me laugh:

from Softpedia interview :

Malwarebytes is run by ethical people who want the security software world to be an ethical place.


MBAM uses vbAccelerator software and they should include this line in license, documentation, readme file or about dialog:

"This product includes software developed by vbAccelerator (http://vbaccelerator.com/)."

as per the license of vbAccelerator ( http://www.vbaccelerator.com/home/The_Site...icy/article.asp )

But MBAM alters this line to remove the web site address in the About box, plus changes vbAccelerator to VbAccelerator. They cannot alter this line because of the vbAccelerator license.

So much for the ethics of Malwarebytes. I think they are all naked in the same tub, more or less.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:12 PM

So much for the ethics of Malwarebytes. I think they are all naked in the same tub, more or less.

Mmmmm... somehow I don't think these two actions are quite on the same level as each other. One could just as easily be an oversight as a deliberate act, whereas the other could not have been commissioned without intent and malice aforethought.




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