June 16, 2005

Bittorrent files mixed with spyware

Why? Because it's legal. And they feel like it. And they have nothing better to do but to screw around with users that don't know the difference.

Here is the article. They say they are fully disclosing at the point a download completes, and the user is presented with nail.exe for installation. But my guess is, most users want to see what they've believe they've downloaded and think they are agreeing to that, not a spyware install. MMG says it's all totally legal. But I'm also wondering, did they host the file the user really wanted, and then send their spyware along with it, or did they just slip it into bittorrent streams as they found them going across the network, or did they find sites with desirable content and seed their spyware files in with the others?

Someone hacked their site today:

But you can contact them here if you want to complain about their practices:
Marketing Metrix Group
Suite 34
1344 Pheasant Lane
Victoria BC Canada
Phone: 250-217-1264

Posted by Mary Hodder at June 16, 2005 12:00 PM | TrackBack

Hi, I actually live at the address listed and I am in no way affiliated with MMG and this is a residential community not a business community so maybe get your facts straight

Posted by: Al at July 11, 2005 12:05 AM

Al, I cut and pasted the contact information from the MMG website. If you take a look at the eWeek article, you'll see that MMG is the company putting spyware into bittorrent files. I'd suggest you contact them, since you live there, and find out what's up. But as spyware purveyers, they open themselves to criticism from the community who doesn't like that kind of underhanded behavior. - mary

Posted by: mary hodder at July 11, 2005 07:45 AM