Zango Didn't Actually Stop User From Pushing Spyware Videos On MySpace
from the how-nice dept
Earlier this month, we had a story about how someone was trying to trick MySpace users into putting videos on their site that, as part of the process, would push any visitors to install Zango’s adware/spyware offering. The folks at Zango struck back with an odd defense — first admitting that it was an employee who put up the videos, but that it wasn’t sanctioned by the company at all. They then said that they forbid affiliates from posting to MySpace — and even though some ignore it, they’ve been able to effectively catch those affiliates and “deal with them.” That might sound familiar. After all, this is the same company (under a previous corporate name) that claimed not so long ago that it had new technology to deal with rogue affiliates — even as it’s been shown time and time again that those rogue affiliates still exist widely. However, the company’s effectiveness in “dealing with” rogue affiliates looks even more ridiculous today as the same researcher who discovered the MySpace videos has determined that the same exact user is pushing new Zango-infested videos on MySpace. In other words, Zango’s definition of “dealing with” this rogue affiliate is to let whoever it is keep doing what they were doing — just having them move it to a different page. If they are so against rogue affiliates (that is, when they’re not rewarding them), then why did they leave this account active?