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Universities Crack Down on Alleged Spyware Program


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Posted 02 December 2004 - 06:22 PM

Universities have begun thwarting the operation of software that promises to accelerate Internet performance and protect its users from malware infections because they feel the program is actually spyware.By John P. Mello Jr. TechNewsWorld 12/02/04 7:27 AM PT A number of schools, including Columbia University, Cornell, Indiana State and Penn State, have advised their students to avoid using, or have blocked access to addresses used by, a program called Marketscore, a product deployed by ComScore Networks, a consumer marketing firm in Reston, Virginia. According to ComScore Senior Vice President Dan Hess, Marketscore isn't spyware and users who choose to install it on their computers do so with open eyes. "When software evaluators looked at our very complete disclosures at the Marketscore site, they determined that, in fact, this is not a spyware application," he said. Security experts have mixed views on the offering.
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