Today’s Sony DRM rootkit stories….

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Amazingly I haven’t seen any big Sony news today, but there are a couple stories out that are worth noting… First up is freedom-to-tinker with their take on the lawsuits announced yesterday and the one thing that isn’t getting much press coverage, the MediaMax DRM software. XCP is the name of the rootkit that Sony […]

TRUSTe will offer certification for adware

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

TRUSTe has announced a program to certify software downloads. Among them are certifications for adware and “trackware” (spyware?). The bullet summary for the article claims this will bring an end to “unwanted popups”. A clip from the article reads as follows… To be placed on the whitelist, adware and trackware must prominently disclose the types […]

FTC’s message to Enternet Media has not quite sunk in…

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

In spite of the FTC’s raid of Enternet Media and charges against them for various details such as deceptive install practices, unfair installation of code, failure to disclose nature of bundled software and furnishing code to others that interferes with the use of the computer… well, Enternet Media seems to be proliferating their wares just […]

The wolf in sheeps clothing, software that claims to be anti-spyware, but installs more spyware on your pc

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

The bad news is that the spyware situation for home pc users can be murkier every day. I remember a particular user who once installed an antivirus program because a popup appeared claiming to have found viruses on his drive, next thing he knew he was having all sorts of spyware problems, viruses found all […]

Sony’s DRM song sounding worse by the day

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Well, let’s see…. I didn’t cover the original story since I was covered up with other work, but let me take a stab at starting from the beginning before I tell you how it’s gotten worse. It seems that SONY is concerned about piracy and computers being the tools of pirates (of course, everyone that […]

Spyware is bad….

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Surprise… what is surprising is how high it’s infiltration is reported to be. Spyware confidential is reporting on a Webroot survey claiming that spyware in the enterprise is at 80% (does this mean 80% of businesses have spyware, or 80% of business machines have spyware?)    Send article as PDF   

US-CERT talks spyware

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

US-CERT is addressing the issue of spyware. According to Spyware Confidential, they’ve released a document (pdf) on the matter, including techniques to guard against spyware. Education and awareness are two elements that are highly emphasized.    Send article as PDF