Infamous Adware Distributor Zango Finally Closes Down
Zango Inc., the Adware Company in trouble, has been shutdown following Blinkx PLC, the company that helps search video files, acquired ownership over it.
Though Ken Smith, the former Chief Technology Officer of Zango Inc., blamed the company's closure on a number of factors, the most important one related to the malevolent exercises that the firm carried out. These exercises had put Zango into trouble with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) as well as many security assessors after the latter described Zango's software program as spyware.
Said Mr. Smith that one reason why Zango faced closure was that it partnered with certain people back in 2003-05 that the company should have avoided. Zango had nearly wholly outsourced the distribution of its product to its alliances and entrusted them with the product's installation and promotional activities, without proper supervision and oversight. In the process about 4% of the vulnerabilities in web browsers were exploited to take down and plant Zango software onto people's computers without their advance permission.
This actually put Zango into so much trouble that it was compelled to legally settle with FTC in 2006 regarding its adware program that the company dubiously installed. Accordingly, Zango paid heavily, an amount of $3 million towards the settlement.
Nonetheless, in July 2007, Ben Edelman spyware researcher again described Zango's innocence as fallacious so far as its software was concerned and pointed out that it continued to be involved in planting its spurious adware program.
Said Edelman that end-users who fall for Zango's pledges of 'non-chargeable' videos, online games and other enticing content continue to be deceived of proper disclosures regarding the unwanted ads that pop up, meaning that Zango continues to practice its vicious activities.
But Zango argued that Edelman was completely wrong, saying that the researcher made use of those copies of the company's software that had become obsolete and inoperative.
And while Zango wraps up its business and holds everything responsible to 'bad-reputation' following the spyware incident, Edelman strikes at Zango saying that it didn't ever provide anything enough to counterbalance users, following the company's considerable invasion into their computers.
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» SPAMfighter News - 29-04-2009
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