Feeds

Dodgy affiliates use malware to flog Symantec and Check Point

Malvertisement break

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Unscrupulous affiliates are using malware to advertise security software from legitimate firms. The practice is the brainchild of people who make a commission for every sale they generate - and not security vendors themselves. The practice raises serious concerns about the integrity and policing of affiliate programs from big names in security including Symantec and Check Point.

Instances of the dodgy practice, compiled by security firm Sunbelt Software, include PC Tools being "malvertised" last month in manipulated search results created on machines infected with the DNSChanger Trojan (video here). Separately, popups generated by the C2 (AKA Lop) adware package maliciously punted Symantec and Check Point products last week.

Sunbelt is seeking to throw a spotlight on dodgy practices by affiliates rather than make marketing capital out of the development. "Affiliate programs are a great way to spread the word on your product, but they need to be monitored carefully for abuse," notes Alex Eckelberry, president and chief exec of Sunbelt.

The US-based anti-spyware firm is not the only security watcher to pick up on instances of malvertisement. Independent security researcher Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, has spotted examples of popups for Symantec's online store generated by the SurfSideKick adware package that's described as potentially unwanted by Symantec and other security vendors. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.