Yapbrowser...Not Something You'd Want to Plugin To!

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This one has crept across the security pros and analysis can now be found here and here.

For those not in the know, Yapbrowser is a browser "search tool" - unfortunately, none of the paid for links work (returning a blank page) and anything entered into the browser redirects to...illegal pornography. What makes this even more interesting is that you need to install Zango (from 180 Solutions) to run the application.

The response, or perhaps lack of one, from 180 should be interesting, to say the least...I wonder how it will differ from their interview Wayne Porter did with them a year ago.

They said...


First, 180solutions cares a tremendous amount about what users think about our software from how it is distributed to how it works on a user?s machine. As our company has grown, our company has and will continue to invest heavily in user-focused initiatives. Going forward, through the use of additional staff and innovative technology, we will dramatically increase control over how our partners operate. We understand and accept the responsibility to monitor and police our partners.

Historically, 180solutions has not installed software; we relied on a network of partners to distribute our applications. Over the last year, 180solutions has placed greater emphasis on managing distribution partners as well as moving to maintain more control over how our software is installed on users? machines. In response to public and our own concerns, we careful monitor our channels for conduct we find inappropriate. 180solutions has a stringent distributor code of conduct in place and frequently audits distribution partners.

Reference:

Porter's Preface to 180 Solutions Response & Some Software Philosophy.

Official Response from 180solutions to Porter's Questions

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