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180Solutions Invades MySpace With Zango

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When Spyware Performs as Advertised

 

A few words of caution to any Myspace users out there considering "free" software designed to let you spy on unsuspecting others online: Be sure to read the fine print when a product like this says "free," and don't be surprised if the software is used to spy on you.

 

Take, for instance, the latest scam being passed around like a digital disease on MySpace: a message advertising software that promises users the ability to track who is viewing their profile pages. This thing, brought to my attention by the folks at Fortinet, arrives as a Myspace bulletin (bulletins allow Myspace users to send messages to all of their "friends" simultaneously) and directs users to visit wwx.myfriendspy.com, which claims the visitor can download the software after clicking on an icon that automatically posts the same bulletin to their friends.

 

When the MyFriendSpy page finally loads, with everything else on the page it's very easy to overlook the message notifying visitors that the tracking software isn't really available quite yet -- but hey, there's some free adware from 180Solutions Inc. instead!

 

When you click on the icon that reads "After posting a bulletin CLICK HERE to gain access to myfriendspy.com info," an installation agreement for Zango pops up. Zango is the much-maligned product of adware maker 180Solutions, which of course monitors what you search for and where you go online.

 

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I thought that 180 solutions was trying to clean up their image, not quite ready for prime time are they, Aren't they in litigation about their practices now?

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I thought that 180 solutions was trying to clean up their image, not quite ready for prime time are they, Aren't they in litigation about their practices now?

 

Joe they talk a good game, but when it comes down to the actual 'doing the deed' they fall far short, more likely it's all lip service, always has been, always will be. Zebra can't change its stripes.

 

And yes litigation has been ongoing for some time now. we can only hope they get their just deserts.

 

You can read some more about this from Paperghost at the SpywareGuide Blog

 

Screen shots also.

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And for those of you not running SiteAdvisor:

Online affiliations for zango.com:

 

Links to red sites

 

When we tested this site we found links to 180solutions.com, which we found to be a distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other unwanted programs.

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