Zango's Latest Trick: Pitching Fake Batman MMORPG To Get People To Download Adware
from the and-so-it-goes dept
We’ve talked about Zango’s continued claims that it’s a changed company from the one that paid huge fines for tricking people into downloading its intrusive adware, but somethings never really seem to change. An anonymous reader points us to an ad found on a bunch of legitimate video game sites recently, pitching a new Batman online virtual world game, but if you click through, it turns out that it’s just a severely limited demo version of a client-side Batman game from 2001. Despite the ad promising all sorts of things, such as “play online with your friends” the actual download has none of that… but it does include an install of Zango. Chris Boyd, who figured all this out wonders why the sites that ran this ad did so, knowing that it was almost certainly bogus. Zango, of course, will blame a “rogue affiliate” which is what they always do — but Boyd wonders why they won’t actually identify who’s responsible.