Idiot infestation

I feel a rant coming on.  It's almost here... and... . . . . . Computerworld asks the burning question:  should ISPs cut off bot-infected users?  Oh, absolutely!  Without question.  Why aren't they already doing this?  Judging by the vast number of bot-infected PCs out there, it's obvious that most people either don't give a shit... Continue Reading →

Behold, the power of tape!

OK, one last story about Sony's failed copy-protection scheme.  For now, at least.  Information Week is reporting that you can prevent Sony's spyware from installing by putting pieces of ordinary opaque sticky tape around the edges of the protected CDs. According to Gartner analysts Martin Reynolds and Mike McGuire, Sony's XCP technology is stymied by... Continue Reading →

Sony’s switcheroo

Critter sent me the latest chapter in the increasingly stupid saga of Sony's anti-piracy scheme.  Now they're telling us that we can swap our spyware-laden CDs for clean, fresh ones, and they also pulling these things off the shelves.  Um, too little too late.  This is one of the most horrendous and embarrassing technical goofs... Continue Reading →

Evil detected…prepare to ignore!

Oh, Microsoft is really treading on shaky ground with this one.  If you've done any amount of reading about spyware, you've surely heard about Gator (now loftily named Claria), which is one of the most intrusive, deceitful, and outright evil companies in existence. This makes it one of the most hated companies by PC users... Continue Reading →

On second thought, don’t ask Jeeves.

Randy just sent me a story about how Ask Jeeves installs spyware without your permission. I continue my misleading installation series with a look at installation practices of Ask Jeeves. My new Ask Jeeves Toolbar Installs via Banner Ads at Kids Sites shows a misleading banner ad particularly likely to target kids. When users click on this... Continue Reading →

Spying on the spyware makers

ZDnet has a great little interview with a guy who is a huge thorn in the side of spyware makers.  He deconstructs their software, figures out how it operates, and makes his findings very public.  Ohhhh, they don't like that one bit.  Talk about stirring up a hornet's nest!  I love it.  Personally I've always thought... Continue Reading →

Spyware spank

An anti-spyware company was recently spanked for misleading (i.e., scaring and bullshitting) people into buying their product.  They resorted to one of the oldest trick in the internet book:  pop-up windows (disguised as system errors) which scream "YOU'VE GOT SPYWARE ON YOUR SYSTEM!  BUY OUR PRODUCT NOW BEFORE YOUR PC EXPLODES!" or something to that... Continue Reading →

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