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Please Hold Still While I Screw You

May 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

BLUF Anti-Spyware vendor Kaspersky Lab successfully being sued by spyware creator because it removes their spyware!Blind Justice

It seems that spyware creator Zango is suing Anti-Spyware vendor Kaspersky Lab because their software removes Zango’s spyware! Zango claims that removing their spyware from someone’s computer damages their business relationship with that consumer (well duh!) And the stupid broken US Justice system is siding with Zango by letting the suit go on.

The National Business Coalition on Ecommerce and Privacy (I hate them just from the name) is siding with Zango. I find it very interesting that the Coalition doesn’t operate a website. Silly me to have thought that an organization concerned with Ecommerce would have a website! I guess that would require them to publicly state their purpose and goals. According to Media Post; The Coalition’s members include major companies like Eastman Kodak, JP Morgan Chase and Experian. Perhaps one of them can explain the organization?

Zango has been successfully beaten by the Federal Trade Commission. Here’s the kicker, the Sub-Title of the Zango article on the FTC’s web site is:

[Zango] Will Give Up $3 Million in Ill-Gotten Gains for Unfair and Deceptive Adware Downloads

When was the last time you heard the government say “Ill gotten gains” about anyone? Let’s face it, the FTC has a lousy record of successfully prosecuting anyone for anything. If you’re so bad that the FTC successfully got you to pay $3 Million in fines, well you’ve got to be extra horrible Zango.

As a New Yorker, (I live less than 8 miles from Ground Zero) I’m concerned by the dependence we have on computers and our abysmal failure to protect them. I feel that it’s everyone’s duty to protect your computer from being taken over by someone with malicious intent. It is inevitable that a cyber terror attack will come. And organizations with shortsighted self serving, “it’s not my duty to protect your PC” attitudes that insist on allowing this kind of activity to continue should be publicly condemned and ridiculed.

So do your part and help to publicly condemn and ridicule The National Business Coalition on Ecommerce and Privacy. If you are a part of a company who is a member of the “Coalition” voice your objection. If you are in need of anti-spyware, consider Kaspersky Lab because they will need deep pockets to help them with their legal bills. In other words- DO SOMETHING! Don’t just let this kind of crap go on.

Tanks for reading,

Chris

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Koetsier // May 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

    This is absolutely crazy … that spyware company has an unbelievable amount of gall.

  • 2 Cam Beck // May 2, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Ugh. Lawyers.

    Say, speaking of which, has anyone contacted you about your … ahem… Mariah Carey post? :)