Tag Archives: Harvard Law School

The Source of the Malware Scourge

By | May 5, 2007

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… Read More »

Sneaky Software: AOL’s Bad

By | August 29, 2006

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

News: Get Off Your RSS And Sort It Out

By | August 4, 2003

 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… Read More »