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January 6th, 2010

Researcher exposes Google spyware connections

Posted by Ryan Naraine

A prominent anti-spyware researcher is calling on Google to sever its ties with an advertising partner that covers popular sites with pop-up PPC advertisements promoting those same sites.

According to Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and a staunch anti-spyware advocate, Google is charging advertisers for what he described as “conversion-inflation” traffic from the WhenU spyware program.

Edelman’s expose includes several screenshots, video, and packet log to show that WhenU continues to cover web sites with PPC popups. Crucially, those popups show Google ads — often promoting the very same sites users are already browsing.

full story at Znet - http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=5194

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