Pop-up Toolbar Spreads via IE flaws
You know, there used to be this concept called "common
Telemarketers didn't call you on the phone during dinner; television
advertisers didn't air constipation or diarrhea commercials during
dinner hours; car dealership radio ads didn't scream at you;
sexually-oriented e-mail didn't get thrown in your inbox without your
knowledge or consent; and Internet search engines didn't try to hijack
your PC in some bizarre attempt to get your business.
Do any of these ideas actually work?
Obviously some do or the purveyors of it wouldn't keep it up, but I can't
help but think it's really ticking off a lot more people than it's swaying.
Now, I can't and I won't advise anyone to do anything illegal. Nope,
not gonna do it.
But if there was ever a candidate for the award of Most Deserving Of A
Denial-Of-Service Attack Or Hack, i-Lookup.com gets my nomination.
Of course, egg resides on the face of Microsoft as well for allowing this to
I keep thinking back to circa 1996 when Netscape and Microsoft were locked
in the titanic struggles known as the Browser Wars.
Netscape had it all, and Microsoft wanted it all. How did Microsoft
eventually win? By deeply integrating the browser into the OS and "giving"
Netscape's market share is long gone, but now Microsoft is having to deal
with the idiocy of that original, desperate decision.
If ever there were two products that cause more security holes, Outlook and
IE take the cake. Sooner or later, Microsoft is going to have to put some
separation between the OS and these products or security woes are going to
continue to cause administrators lots of pain.