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Have a Real Life Spyware Story for you!



Let me run this scenario by you. You subscribe to an influential newsletter that cost nearly a $1000.00 a year for the subscription. The Newsletter gets delivered digitally. Sounds reasonable so far doesn’t it? Well let’s assume that you open your newsreader today to find out that the person who you get that newsletter from has also distributed Spyware to detect if you make a digital copy or share it with someone.

Would you be inclined to renew that newsletter regardless of value? That is the question I am sure a lot of people are asking themselves today as this scenario has played itself out. Apparently a Wall Street Analysis who has been distributing the spyware with his newsletters is not real happy that a firm shared the contents with colleagues and has sued the firm based upon evidence he collected from the spyware application.

I wonder if their will be a counter suit surrounding the spyware installation. The company being sued manages mutual funds. Can you imagine spyware being installed on traders and analyst computers? It’s hard to imagine what else could have been collected. I would not be surprised if the SEC got involved with this [Boston Herald]


Mac users ‘too smug’ over security?



No that headline is not coming from me but hijacked from the BBC! I have been accused in the past of telling Mac users not to get to comfortable in not having to deal with Virus and Spyware threats. Seems I am not the only one to think that. [BBC]

Disclaimer thus far Mac users have been pretty lucky thru either good code or lack of hackers who really cared to write to the OS in it’s small adoption numbers. If you are of the mentality that you are immune, all I can say is keep drinking the Koolaid and when you wake up one morning and the Sugar has been replaced with Acid don’t blame me.


Why do Mac users think they are exempt from Spyware?



I am not a prescribed Max expert but I do own a Mac Mini in which I utilize Firefox as the browser and I do get e-mail into an account that is only received on the Mac. A listener on my show called me out and said were is the evidence that Macs are susceptible to Spyware regarding a comment I made that basically said everyone needs to be careful including Mac users. All of us have seen various articles on the subject to include statements that the threat is growing, Honestly I don’t know if one Mac Spyware program even exist, but the thing that makes me really sit back and wonder is why do Mac owners think that their Operating System is hardened from any attack.

They do enjoy the benefits of not having to deal with viruses, spyware and trojans at the level of Windows users do, and it is likely because there is such a small percentage of actual Mac users in the world as compared to Windows users. But being a owner of a Mac I don’t think I would ever be bold enough to declare that the Mac is hardened from any attack.

In my personal opinion though is, that when a trojan or spyware program is released that targets Macs it will devastate the community because for such a long time people have been saying, and even to the point of taunting that the Mac is exempt. Thus Mac users will be sitting ducks, I wish ill upon no one, but I do not think I would be so bold as to say that nothing can penetrate the operating system. I will likely strike a nerve here, and I am sure devoted mac users will pile on me for suggesting that they could be vulnerable to spyware getting on their systems.

No Operating System that has ever been made to this date did not have a vulnerability or two or three or thousand.

To my faithful listener that called me out, I really hope nothing ever happens but I just cannot join the party and say it won’t


Is Microsoft about to buy a Spyware company



Rumor on the street is that Microsoft is about to buy Claria which was responsible for the spyware filled application Gator. If Microsoft is buying it I hope the purpose is to fire everyone and close the company down dismantle it’s customer tracking infrastructure and shred all data they have. Yeah I know that would be dream come true are probably a million to one.

This would be a very bad move. Imagine the worldwide top seller of software buys a spyware company. Makes me shudder to think about it. [ComputerWorld]


Panda Names Downloader.GK Worst Virus of 2004



Panda Software, a respected vendor of antivirus software applications within the technical community, has named a Trojan, Downloader.GK, as the most malicious virus of 2004. Even though Downloader.GK isn’t technically a virus, an application that independently distributes itself, the program has caused the most damage to users’ computers, according to data collected by Panda Software’s ActiveScan process.

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