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When Spyware Crosses the Line


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#1 raw

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:19 PM

"Spyware" isn't harmless software when it starts hijacking your browser, downloading updates, and displaying adult porn images to small children.
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:35 PM

Good article

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:44 PM

Along the same line is an article in the same site that advises people to "dump Internet Explorer" and recommends in very strong terms using Mozilla or Firefox. To quote from the article:

"In addition to a good track record in the past, Firefox and the Mozilla Foundation are taking a proactive approach to securing the Web browser in the future. The privacy and security settings available in Preferences are intelligent and effective, and the browser itself does not accept ActiveX controls, a key vulnerability in IE."

http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/249

I have used Mozilla since 1.0 (it's now up to 1.7).
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Posted 25 June 2004 - 04:05 PM

This is indeed one of the best articles that shows how bad spyware can be and why it should be outlawed.

As a security professional, I'm very impressed with some of the work I've seen in Bleeping Computer's in helping folks with Hijacked home pages, hostile spyware, aggressive pop-up ads, etc. The article gives a glimpse of the challenges in removing these privacy and security threats:

As it turns out, the "spyware" in question had self-updating code, and had updated itself to a newer version that could not yet be removed by any of the major anti-spyware tools. Instead, my friend spent significant time figuring out how to manually delete a malicious, system-level application that he never installed.

Self-updating code. Hijacked home pages. Applications installed without your knowledge. Toolbars you don't want and never asked for. Your movements on the Web are tracked and recorded. All this, and yet we still call this stuff "spyware"?



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Posted 28 June 2004 - 02:06 AM

There is a bill before Congress that may well help to reduce spyware; it seems to have bi-partisan support. See the news story at:

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/business/0,39020645,39158647,00.htm

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