Monday, November 06, 2006

Zango, Good News/Bad News

The good news about Zango is that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Zango $3 Million:

"Zango, Inc., formerly known as 180solutions, Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of adware, and two principals have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used unfair and deceptive methods to download adware and obstruct consumers from removing it, in violation of federal law. The settlement bars future downloads of Zango’s adware without consumers’ consent, requires Zango to provide a way for consumers to remove the adware, and requires them to give up $3 million in ill-gotten gains.

"Consumers' computers belong to them, and they shouldn't have to accept any content they don’t want," said Lydia Parnes, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "If consumers choose to receive pop-up ads, so be it. But it violates federal law to secretly install software that forces consumers to get pop-ups that disrupt their computer use.""

That, I am sorry to say, is the end of the good news. While catching up on what Paperghost has been doing, I see that he discovered two more "mistaken" Zango profiles on MySpace. Mistaken, at least according to a Zango spokesman:
"Those two test accounts were actually created by one of our developers who was exploring possible opportunities, but he didn't realise it was Zango business practice not to target MySpace," said Stratz."
Yes, and I know of a bridge in Manhattan I can sell you real cheap.

On to more bad news -- apparently the Zango affiliates didn't understand the FTC ruling. Seeing is believing and you can see Paperghost's report based on FaceTime Security Researcher, Peter Jayaraj's tip in Trojan serves up Zango Videos - another rogue affiliate?


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