Retail giants caught stealing consumer confidential information in spyware debacle

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Retail giants caught stealing consumer confidential information in spyware debacle

Just when you would have hoped the big companies might have learned a lesson or two about invading peoples privacy with rootkits and other nastiness, retail giants Kmart and Sears have been caught red handed installing spyware on customers computers.

Last year and asked users if they wanted to participate in a "community" online. A little after that, security researcher Benjamin Googins noticed the "community actually installed spyware, which transmitted information back to the mothership, including banking logins, email, and all other forms of Internet usage.

It gets better. Googins later noticed that the Sears display completely different privacy policies (at the same URL), depending on if your computer has been compromised by the spyware or not.

Other security experts are supporting Googin's findings. Full story here.

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Tuesday 8th January 2008 | 12:12 PM

Wow! How do these companies think they will get away with this?

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Tuesday 8th January 2008 | 03:47 PM

wouldn't this be like bugging someones house or phone?

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Joe Marco

Tuesday 8th January 2008 | 06:19 PM

Those Bastards...They make me want to break things. If K-mart and Sears were actual real living people, (corporations incarnate) I'd take them on a field trip to the San Francisco Zoo and throw them to the tigers, not the lions.

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Tuesday 8th January 2008 | 11:12 PM

Well? Are they not the real political force in the world. Plebs might vote but business dictates to the Politicians.
We are all just bank accounts to the man.

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Wednesday 9th January 2008 | 06:31 AM

interesting to note: Rob Harles, Vice President of “My SHC Community” appears to be a former executive at comScore.

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Wednesday 9th January 2008 | 09:14 AM

Yeah they are pretty arrogant to be thinking they haven't done anything wrong. Bottom line though is they have clearly participated in deceptive practices - especially by display alternative privacy policies AT THE SAME URL for compromised/non-compromised machines.

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Chris Rigolini

Wednesday 30th April 2008 | 02:19 AM

Thats just BAD!

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