Class Action Suit Alleges Sears Privacy Failures

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| The complaint seeks class-action status, and more than $5 million in damages,
| including attorneys' fees.
| A copy of the complaint is linked here (PDF).
|
| The suit was filed by KamberEdelson, the same New York City based law firm
| that successfully pursued Sony BMG Music Entertainment after the media giant
| shipped millions of music CDs that included spyware.
|
| Partner Scott Kamber said the firm also is seeking plaintiffs for a similar
| second class-action suit against Sears, whose marketing partners were
| recently found to have secretly installed ComScore's Web-tracking software on
| PCs of some customers who purchased products from the Sears Web site.
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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/secur...l?nav=rss_blog

This amuses me because Vista does pretty much the same as all the above, if not
its successors. And then there's this:

2007 worst ever year for data protection

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| Last year was the worst ever for data losses in the UK, with almost 37
| million people having their private data compromised.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01...s_data_losses/

Having malware on /most/ Windows PCs certainly doesn't help. If data is stored
on Windows it can almost be assumed to have been leaked.


Related:

In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised. * * *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=661


Over 50% of corporate desktops infected with malware: IronPort

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| The report also reveals that more than 50% of corporate desktops
| worldwide are infected with some type of spyware with the rate of
| infection as high as 70% in the United States. Trojans or malicious
| system monitors represented over 7% of the infections. Rootkits and
| trick loaders, which reinstall spyware and other obfuscation techniques,
| make remediation very difficult thus prevention is the key to stopping
| these threats.
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http://www.crn-india.com/breakingnew...ies/66870.html


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/