Friday, November 11, 2005

Outfit Used Unsuspecting Bloggers to Spread its Malicious Code and FTC comes to your rescue!

FTC Shuts Down Spyware Operation!
Well this is not a gadget nor a gizmo! But I thought it is important to let the Bloggers know about it.

If you had free music, ring tones etc related to your blog, please read. I any of the following words are familiar to you please visit the FTC site by clicking on the header, and read the full article.
"Search Miracle,"” "“Miracle Search,"” "“EM Toolbar,"” "“EliteBar,"” and "“Elite Toolbar."”
If you got spy ware FTC also has a site that helps you. Here it is!

Well sometimes you get to thank Microsoft!
This case was brought with the invaluable assistance of the Microsoft Corporation, Webroot Software, Inc., and Google Incorporated.

An operation that uses the lure of free lyric files, browser upgrades, and ring tones to download spyware and adware on consumersÂ’ computers has been ordered to halt its illegal downloads by a U.S. District Court at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The court also halted the deceptive downloads of an affiliate who helped spread the malicious software by offering blogs free background music. The music code downloaded by the blogs was bundled with a program that flashed warnings to consumers who visited the blog sites about the security of their computer systems. Consumers who opted to upgrade by clicking, downloaded the spyware onto their computers. The court has frozen the organizationÂ’s assets pending a further hearing. The FTC will seek to bar the deceptive and unfair practices permanently and require the operators to give up their ill-gotten gains.

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