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Microsoft Awards Mvp Status To 'adware' Distributor


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:33 PM

Microsoft has come under fire for naming the developer of a program that can install adware on user's PCs as one of its Most Valued Professionals.

MVPs are people with deep knowledge of Microsoft products who volunteer to answer technical questions for other users or contribute to its software in significant ways. It's a prestigious recognition, with only about 2,600 MVPs worldwide.

Microsoft recently added Cyril Paciullo to its MVP list. He's the developer of Messenger Plus...But security experts say his software is also a distribution vehicle for Lop...

networkworld.com/news

MVP redefined = More Virus Providers

Edit: After reading some postings at SWI about this it seems MS has been flooded with emails from Security MVPs and they may reconsider the award.

Edited by quietman7, 07 October 2006 - 01:42 PM.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:47 PM

We SURE hope so.

MVP redefined = More Virus Providers

ARGH!!!
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Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:53 PM

What? Sigh... There is just no end to it is there?
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Posted 07 October 2006 - 02:08 PM

At Vital Security.org

http://www.vitalsecurity.org/2006/10/micro...-to-adware.html

As for my own MVP Status, my first knee jerk reaction is telling me to tell MS to shove it. My second knee jerk reaction is jumping ship is basically giving the boobs of the world a green-light to hijack the program. My third knee-jerk reaction is not to have both knee jerk reactions at once, or I might fall over


:thumbsup: :flowers:

Give 'em heck Paperghost!
There is serious stuff there too of course. But I have to admit I got a big kick out of that part.
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Posted 07 October 2006 - 02:46 PM

We also blogged about it a couple of days ago.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/securitybl...he-mvp-program/

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 03:00 PM

Seems some of us missed the blog notice.
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Posted 09 October 2006 - 06:42 AM

One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award after critics pointed out that the program is used to distribute adware...

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:42 AM

Good! Now all they have left to do is scrape the egg off their face's. :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:43 AM

From Grinler's blog, which I missed as well, I love this line and the screen shot

What is funny is when Microsoft Security MVP Derek Knight scanned the main executable for Messenger Plus, at the free scanning site VirusTotal, Microsoft was the only vendor that stated that the installer was a threat.

One hand soesn't know what the other is doing :thumbsup:

Edited by tos226, 09 October 2006 - 09:44 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2006 - 04:14 PM

Right hand, meet left hand. Left hand, right hand.

I get the feeling it is a common problem in Microsoft.
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