Zango May Have Worked Things Out With The FTC, But What About The MPAA?
from the out-of-the-frying-pan,-into-the-fire dept
We’ve pointed out for years the various questionable activities performed by adware firm Zango (or one of its earlier incarnations). The company has gone through so many changes it’s tough to follow, but every time it insists that it has somehow “cleaned up” its act, it doesn’t take long for researchers to find evidence to the contrary. For a while, the company was in hot water with the FTC for tricking people into downloading its adware. It eventually settled with the FTC, paying a hefty fine. These days, once again, the company insists that it’s reinvented itself to focus on the “casual gaming market.”
However, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I recently saw a presentation from the company where it didn’t mention casual gaming at all, but instead called itself a “publisher” of content — though it was quite vague and evasive about just what kind of content. Perhaps that’s because it doesn’t want parties like the MPAA to know. As Ben Edelman had noticed a few months ago — and now more and more security researchers are finding, Zango’s software is being offered up by folks who are promising fully pirated movies.
It makes you wonder if Zango recognizes that dealing with the MPAA may be a lot less pleasant than fighting the FTC. Of course, maybe the MPAA recognizes that when pirated movies come with intrusive adware like Zango, it only gives pirated movies a bad name.