Retail giants caught stealing consumer confidential information in spyware debacleMikey 7 comments
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 Sears.com and Kmart.com 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.