Thursday, August 16, 2007

Evil Blogs

Blogger Blogs is a big online community, and like most online communities, it has several problems.
  • It is simple, and easy to use. This causes it to have a lot of newbies who need constant help.
  • It is large, and easy to use. This causes it to have a lot of bad guys, operating in the chaos caused by the first group.
  • It is large, with a support staff that concentrates on the overall trends, and seldom on the details. Again, making it easy for the intelligent bad guys to operate without punishment.

All of these factors make it a very nice place for malevolent individuals, which I simply describe as hackers.

Usually, the hacking isn't worth the time that it takes to post an article, or it's so well known that my writing becomes superfluous. So I generally don't bother.

This time, I'll make an exception.
E r r o r P r o t e c t o r DOT B l o g s p o t DOT C o m


Note that I'm providing the above link through PKBlogs, as I have no intention of providing unprotected links to web sites hosting malware, or to web sites hosting links to other web sites hosting malware, especially links that might pump up the search ranks of evil web sites. And note the deliberately doublespaced names, again to prevent search engine hits against the evil product.

E r r o r P r o t e c t o r is called a "rogue" product by the security community. It is a clone of the well known SystemDoctor, typically bundled with malware, and will make the victim's computer worse, not better, when it's installed. The "free" version will display a list of "problems", which it will offer to fix after you purchase the pay version. This is also known as "nagware". It's advertised to people who have no knowledge of rogue security products, and who are fooled by its claims. The Blogger community makes a perfect target here.

In short, it's a product that should not be hosted on, or advertised from, BlogSpot, or on any Google facility.

Read these articles, on known security web sites, for more information about E r r o r P r o t e c t o r.

And if you're a Blogger Employee, remove this blog
E r r o r P r o t e c t o r DOT B l o g s p o t DOT C o m


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2 comments:

le radical galoisien said...

For the people that end up buying the program, do they end up just buying more spyware, or would those problems end? (This is effective extortion, but I am just curious.)

Chuck said...

When you pay for ErrorProtector, or WinAntiVirus, your problems are just starting.
1) The "problems" that it reports, initially, may or may not exist.
2) It may, or may not, fix those problems.
3) It will install more hacks on your computer.
Read WikiPedia: WinFixer, and my next post in this series Evil Blogs, for more background.