Rick Carlson Former Presdent/CEO Aluria Software Responds

By Robin Laudanski
March 5, 2006

Finally someone from Aluria has decided to respond. In a previous article I mentioned a thread at PCMag wherein some comments were made which basically suggested I was lieing about my attempts to contact Mr. Goldstone. Once again I’ve been called a liar, only this time it was by Rick Carlson former President/CEO of Aluria Software. The thing I find most remarkable about his entire reply is not that I’m being called a liar I expected that from Aluria and it isn’t that Mr. Carlson actually admitted certifying WhenU as being spyware free was a mistake, although it is an enormous step even if the reason given for it being a mistake is misguided in my opinion. What I find most remarkable is that he seems to think I have something against Aluria, that I am attacking a name, when in fact all I’m doing is reporting the fact that information which showed there was once a relationship between Aluria and WhenU has conveniently disappeared. For someone who is leaving the company his response seems rather hostile.

This is taken from the thread at PCMag:

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Aluria’s Attempt to Discredit CastleCops

By Robin Laudanski
March 3, 2006

Earlier today I happen to come across something at another site, which I found quite funny since the comments seemed to be an attempt to discredit CastleCops and myself, by asserting that we didn’t try to contact Mr. Goldstone of Aluria until after I published the Aluria Trys To Whitewash The WhenU Fiasco article. When we publish something we do make every effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate and we also make every effort to ensure that everyone has a chance for their voice to be heard.

You may remember when Aluria first said that WhenU was Spyware Free, we provided them with an opportunity to answer some questions in their own defense for their decision. To my knowledge no one else provided such an opportunity.

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Aluria Trys To Whitewash The WhenU Fiasco

By Robin Laudanski
March 2, 2006

Some of you might remember back in October of 2004 Aluria Software delisted WhenU and Certified them as being Spyware Safe. Would it suprise you to find out it now appears Aluria is trying to cover their tracks? Isn’t it wonderful the internet has such extensive resources that even when a company or individual tries to cover up something they did it is almost impossible to completely remove it. In previous articles written by CastleCops Staff on WhenU, Aluria and AOL there were many links going back to Aluria both to their support forums and press releases, imagine my suprise when the pages those links pointed to suddenly don’t exist. In some cases the link isn’t dead, rather it points to a new location eg. Aluria_Certifies_WhenU That link should point to the original press release from Aluria, but it doesn’t. All press related material are redirected to the same location in the same manner.

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