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The Source of the Malware Scourge

Despite appearances, the U.S. is still the most popular place for the bad guys to place their malware code. StopBadware.org has listed those Internet Service Providers that wittingly or unwittingly host “badware” — an umbrella term for any kind of software that insidiously installs itself on your computer. What’s interesting is that while there is one China company on the list, by far the biggest culprit is one iPowerWeb Inc, based in Phoenix, Arizona, which has more than 10,000 infected sites on their servers. (By comparison, then next biggest culprit has a quarter that.) Badware is usually installed on a site without the owner’s knowledge,Continue readingThe Source of the Malware Scourge

Sneaky Software: AOL’s Bad

AOL 9.0 (free version) Status: Open Inquiry In our preliminary findings, we find that AOL 9.0 (free version) is currently badware because it installs additional software without telling the user, it forces the user to take certain actions, it adds various components to Internet Explorer and the taskbar without disclosure, it may automatically update without the user’s consent, and it fails to uninstall completely. We currently recommend that users do not install the version of AOL software that we tested, unless the user is comfortable with the level of risk we identify or until the application is updated consistent with the recommendations in this report. OVERALL RATING Badware Behavior Installs … Continue readingSneaky Software: AOL’s Bad

News: Get Off Your RSS And Sort It Out

 From the Just When You Thought You’d Found A Corner Of The Net That Was Touchy Feely Dept  comes a story of egos, politics and money. Paul Festa of CNET News.com writes a great piece about an increasingly acrimonius dispute about blogging, or more accurately Really Simple Syndication (RSS), a technology widely used to syndicate blogs and other Web content. The dispute, Paul writes, “pits Harvard Law School fellow Dave Winer, the blogging pioneer who is the key gatekeeper of RSS, against advocates of a different format. The most notable of these advocates are Blogger owner Google and Sam Ruby, an influential IBM developer whoContinue readingNews: Get Off Your RSS And Sort It Out

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