Adware maker 180solutions maker is going after botnet operators, hackers and script kiddies that abused its affiliate programme.
It's an obvious case of the bad guys going after each other. 180solutions is one of the most notorious adware makers, if only because they keep claiming that their ad producing software isn't adware.
In recent months they have tried to create a more gentle image of themselves. But the window dressing doesn't fool spyware researcher Ben Edelman.
"I don't see them having any business model other than watching what users do online and serving them pop-up ads. Their software shows ads, they are adware," he told vnunet.com.
The adware maker however should be applauded for filing legal charges against its former "distribution partners". The illustrious seven installed the software on computers that they had hacked, taking in anywhere form 7 to 50 dollar cents per installation through 180solutions' affiliate programme.
None of the names of the accused - Eric de Vogt of the Netherlands, Jesse Donohue of Australia, Khalil Halel of Lebanon, Imran Patel of the United Kingdom, Zarox Souchi of Canada, Youri Van Den Berg of the Netherlands and Anton Zagar of Slovenia – rang any bells. Except for the very first.
Eric de Vogt earlier this year served 34 days in jail and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for his share in a distributed denial of service attack against two Dutch government sites. The now 19 year old hacker had been so brilliant to act as a spokesperson for the hackers group that claimed responsibility for the attacks, and boasted that he had a botnet of 190,000 computers at his disposal.
Just the fact that the adware maker is taking out script kiddies would make you want to install 180solutions' software to support this worthy cause.
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