December 19, 2007 9:43 AM PST

Antivirus firm: Google text ad Trojan detected

Antivirus firm: Google text ad Trojan detected
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BitDefender says ads placed by Google on Web pages were being hijacked by Trojan software, redirecting inquiries to rogue server.

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PC owner's potential profit?
Can PC owners profit from having such trojan horses?

The anti-virus/malware identifies the malware and that it is one that replaces ads. The ads - at least some of them - point to the advertisers that want to profit by advertising themselves. So now all the info needed to sue the advertisers is present on the consumer's PC:
(*) There's identified malware.
(*) What it does and how it does it is known.
(*) Most important: there is info on the consumer's PC in the form of the ads that point to the parties using the PC without authorization to make profit for themselves.
So now what's missing is that those products that identify the malware and sometimes remove it would instead collect all this evidence and save it and present it in a way that the user can use to sue the advertisers for the unauthorized use of her/his PC (and perhaps also provide evidence to law enforcement that can lead to a criminal charge against the advertiser on that unauthorized use of a private computer).
All the evidence is there. It just needs to be organized in a way that enables using it in a court of law.
Posted by hadaso (468 comments )
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Good Point
This sounds like a goldmine for any enterprising individual.
Posted by TheTechKid (66 comments )
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PC owner's potential profit?
Can PC owners profit from having such trojan horses?

The anti-virus/malware identifies the malware and that it is one that replaces ads. The ads - at least some of them - point to the advertisers that want to profit by advertising themselves. So now all the info needed to sue the advertisers is present on the consumer's PC:
(*) There's identified malware.
(*) What it does and how it does it is known.
(*) Most important: there is info on the consumer's PC in the form of the ads that point to the parties using the PC without authorization to make profit for themselves.
So now what's missing is that those products that identify the malware and sometimes remove it would instead collect all this evidence and save it and present it in a way that the user can use to sue the advertisers for the unauthorized use of her/his PC (and perhaps also provide evidence to law enforcement that can lead to a criminal charge against the advertiser on that unauthorized use of a private computer).
All the evidence is there. It just needs to be organized in a way that enables using it in a court of law.
Posted by hadaso (468 comments )
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Good Point
This sounds like a goldmine for any enterprising individual.
Posted by TheTechKid (66 comments )
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AdBlock can protect you from such trojans
sites can still list their monthly sponsors.
I just don't like those hideous flash ads.

revenge for pop-ups
Posted by ColdMast (186 comments )
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NoScript
I get the same benefit using NoScript in FF. By disabling all scripting by default and only enabling scripting for the web site I'm visiting, I see few fancy ads and gain additional safety not provided by AdBlock. NoScript's selective enabling has been quite effective.

Is there something I'm missing by not using AdBlock?
Posted by c|net Reader (856 comments )
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AdBlock can protect you from such trojans
sites can still list their monthly sponsors.
I just don't like those hideous flash ads.

revenge for pop-ups
Posted by ColdMast (186 comments )
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NoScript
I get the same benefit using NoScript in FF. By disabling all scripting by default and only enabling scripting for the web site I'm visiting, I see few fancy ads and gain additional safety not provided by AdBlock. NoScript's selective enabling has been quite effective.

Is there something I'm missing by not using AdBlock?
Posted by c|net Reader (856 comments )
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