Feeds

Dodgy affiliates use malware to flog Symantec and Check Point

Malvertisement break

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

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. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.