Adware / Spyware Issues: December 2006 Archives

Another attempt at self-regulation...this time in Europe- no less from a " a common-interest and self-regulatory body for junk mailers, cold callers and senders of unsolicited bulk email." warned its members from using spyware or deceptive software....interesting to say the least.


The Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA), a common-interest and self-regulatory body for junk mailers, cold callers and senders of unsolicited bulk email, has issued an anti-spyware code warning its members off using intrusive or deceptive technology.

FEDMA represents the direct marketing industry, covering email, post, telephone and 'direct response' marketing, and its members include marketing associations from Australia, Canada and the United States as well as countries across Europe. The new charter aims to discourage members from using spyware as part of their information-gathering and advertising campaigns.

Spyware tactics defined in the document include deceptive software installation, taking control of computers to send spam and malware, modifying browser and other settings, and hiding or otherwise becoming difficult to remove. Members offering marketing software are advised to ensure it uses proper identification and disclosure of the source of software and advertising, access to privacy policies and full opt-out or uninstallation facilities.

The text of the charter can be found (in PDF format) see what you think...

A while ago on the Spywareguide Blog, I covered a technique being used in Peer to Peer land involving URLs being embedded in Quicktime movies, which would then pop open a website. This has now been taken to the next level, with an intensive and seemingly never ending Phish attack, the sole aim of which seems to be directing end-users to a collection of Zango movies on a pornographic website. The Phish pages are hosted on compromised servers - presumably the people doing the hacking aren't particuarly brilliant at it, because they keep getting found out (an example of them being caught in the act can be seen here).

How does this attack work?

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