Not Much Money In MySpace Ads… But How About Some Spyware!
from the oops dept
While MySpace hasn’t been able to do much to capitalize on all of those banner ad impressions the site is supposedly getting, it appears that others are figuring out how to monetize it for them. The latest is that some scammers figured out how to use a vulnerability to serve up spyware to MySpace visitors through (you guessed it) all of those ad banners. The researcher who discovered this claims the spyware got installed on over a million computers — exploiting a flaw that Microsoft had patched months ago. Of course, this isn’t the first time that MySpace has been used to distribute spyware. It seems that, even if Rupert Murdoch doesn’t figure out how to squeeze a lot of money out of MySpace, scammers will do their best to do it for him.