posted on Jan, 1 2003 @ 06:08 PM
A recent article on CNet News brought to light the advances in stealth and parasite programming and some of the plans of the purveyors of these
programs. Parasite programs are independent, computer programs that are distributed and installed along with a known program.
The article described the Securities and Exchange Commission filing of Brilliant Digital Entertainment, a digital advertising company. Brilliant
Digital makes a viewer, b3d Projector, for displaying digital advertising. In this case, the Brilliant Digital software was being bundled with the
popular Kazaa file trading program. According to the article, Brilliant Digital was planning to use the unused disk space and CPU cycles on machines
that had downloaded Kazaa. In fact, they were planning to market those cycles and disk space to other companies.
KaZaA is labeled as shareware, but it has a component that is spyware. Most shareware programs have spyware bundled with it. According to a public
database of spyware products called Spychecker.com, "spyware is Internet jargon for Advertising Supported software (Adware)" that sneaks onto a
user's machine. Instead of selling software to users, shareware creators make money by placing pop-up ads in the software in exchange for a portion
of the revenue from banner sales. This way, users can download the software for free and developers indirectly get paid.
KaZaA's spyware application is like the parent of all other spyware and its sole purpose is to download other spyware components and install them
onto your computer.
Here's some related links:
I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but this stuff really p****s me off! I hate being used, abused or manipulated in any way & the deception
of getting "free" music only to discover that my PC may be imbedded with unwanted spyware causes me to feel that way. The idea that some clown from
Brillian Digital wants to use my PC's CPU without my permission and not only make money off it - but give me absolutely nothing in return is far
below the belt.
All I can say is that if some software wiseguy can manage to pull this off, imagine what the government must be able to do....now that's really
Ok, I've vented now.......