FTC Note: ValueClick turns to the Dark Side ~ Security Garden

Saturday, May 19, 2007

FTC Note: ValueClick turns to the Dark Side

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As Sandi suggests, let's spread the word about ValueClick's dirty connections. Why? Because beyond the FTC investigating ValueClick because of potential violations of the Can-Spam Act, it seems that ValueClick seems to be facilitating more than the distribution of malware like Winfixer. See ValueClick involved with Trojan.Zlob.N and ValueClick turns to the Dark Side.

Action You Can Take:

If you have been infected as a result of ValueClick/MediaPlex as described in the above topics, submit an FTC Consumer Complaint Form. With sufficient consumer input from people affected, the FTC may just do as Sandi suggested and take a closer look at the company.

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