Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security Faux Pas, spyware
For years I have trusted CNET’s download.com as a trustworthy place to download software, but some recent news has made me rethink my position. Seems that according to Brian Krebs, “…CNET increasingly is bundling invasive and annoying browser toolbars with software on its site, even some open-source titles whose distribution licenses prohibit such activity.” Egad! While I am usually careful to pay attention to what an installer is wanting me to do, I prefer such stuff not be offered to me in the first place.
SANS reports: “The president of Download.com has apologized for bundling Nmap open source network scanning software with an installer that changed browsers’ home pages and default search engine. Nmap developer Gordon Lyon said that the bundling violated the Nmap distribution license. The installer in question has been removed.”
CNET, get your act together or us Geeks will stop relying on you altogether as a trusted source of both information and software.