LANDesk isn’t active member of ASC anymore

Looking at the list of Anti-Spyware Coalition members.. one is missing or gone from the list.  It’s LANDesk. I remember LANDesk joined them last year (between August to September).  Don’t know why they aren’t member of the coalition anymore.

Their newsletter don’t have news about them being de-listed but From the desk of Joe Wang published February 2006 , it says LANDesk is an active member of coaliation.  So what happened? Just asking…

Anti-Spyware Experts To Convene In Ottawa

Many of the world’s top spyware experts will gather in Ottawa May 16 to discuss legal, legislative and technological responses to the scourge of unwanted spyware and adware flooding the Internet.

Michael Binder, Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications will address the Anti-Spyware Coalition’s second-ever public meeting and the first to be held outside of the United States. Lydia Parnes, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the US Federal Trade Commission, will also speak at the event.

Binder and Parnes join experts from academia, the public interest community and the high-tech industry to discuss the state of international anti-spyware efforts, emerging challenges and likely solutions. The full agenda is available online


Internet Explorer "mhtml:" Redirection Disclosure of Sensitive Information

Internet Explorer “mhtml:” Redirection Disclosure of Sensitive Information

Affected Software:  Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x

codedreamer has discovered a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the “mhtml:” URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site.

Secunia has constructed a test, which is available at their website

The vulnerability has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2. Other versions may also be affected.

Solution:  Disable active scripting support.

SiteAdvisor: Most Web Users Unable to Spot Spyware

Study Shows 97% One Click Away From Adware, Spyware and other Nefarious Downloads

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ McAfee® SiteAdvisor (, which is pioneering Web safety by testing and rating nearly every trafficked site on the Internet has news for Internet users who think Web sites with clean, appealing graphics and national advertisers on the home page are always safe: “Think again.” According to the first-ever Spyware Quiz conducted by SiteAdvisor, a staggering 97% of Internet users are just one click away from infecting their PCs with spyware, adware or some other kind of unwanted software. Even though the threat of spyware has received extensive media coverage, just 3% of the 14,000-plus consumers who took SiteAdvisor’s spyware quiz received perfect scores.

The survey challenged Web surfers to test their ability to detect which sites in a number of popular categories were free of adware or spyware. The examples in the quiz are taken from more than three million Web sites which SiteAdvisor has independently tested and rated for Web safety issues like spyware and spam. The first part of the quiz presented users with pairs of sites and asked them to pick which one of the pair was safe. The second part presented a series of file sharing software sites and asked which ones were spyware and adware free. The test has been available since March.

Among the survey’s most sobering conclusions:
–  Based on their choices, a majority of users (65%) would have been infected with adware or spyware many times over
–  The presence of national advertisers and a clean, uncluttered design seem to trick respondents into thinking a site is safe
–  Even users with a high “Spyware IQ” have a nearly 100% chance of visiting a dangerous site during 30 days of typical online searching and browsing activity
–  Users often miss the fine print that allows a dangerous Web site to claim it installs unwanted software legally

More at McAfee

Firefox Backers Create ‘Destroy IE’ Campaign

 A group of self-titled “political activists” in Massachusetts has started an aggressive campaign to get browser users to switch from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to Mozilla’s Firefox. 

Taking advantage of a new program by Google, the campaign, called Explorer Destroyer, pays users $1 for each referral to Firefox made through Google Toolbar, according to the group’s Web site.,aid,125540,00.asp


iS3 Security Toolbar Now Available on Lycos Securitybar Offers Phishing Protection & Secure Search(TM) to Millions of Lycos Users

iS3, Inc., maker of the award-winning anti-Spyware solution STOPzilla, today announced the launch of a new co-branded version of its security toolbar on Lycos ( ). Beginning today, iS3 will provide millions of Lycos users a free downloadable “securitybar” for advanced protection against many of the Internet’s most dangerous user threats. The free Lycos securitybar offers defense against Phishing attacks to anyone who surfs the
web. Convenient upgrade options include anti-Spyware and a comprehensive Identity Theft Protection package.

The Lycos securitybar is now available for free download. To download the Lycos securitybar and for additional information about Lycos securitybar, go to .


Smoothwall adds malware-blocking web filter

Smoothwall has added malware detection and blocking to its Corporate Guardian web filter, and said it will also sell the product as a complete appliance, based on IBM server hardware.  The software now includes anti-virus scanning and improved spyware detection, as well as controlling web usage via dynamic analysis of a page’s contents, said Smoothwall managing director George Lungley.