Now that I'm nice and coazy in my new nest, I'll string along a bit of information you fellows might be interested in.
If any of you use Norton Anti-Virus, be ready to delete it. A recent "update" to the program has come bundled with a program called "PIFTS.exe".. Which, after being dissected by the boys over at /g/, turns out to be a program that scrapes through your browser history, temporary internet files, and who knows what else. It has been confirmed as sending information to a company called "swapdrive", which is "competitive intelligence" company set up in Arlington, VA. Other interesting bits are that that it may be sending information to Microsoft Corporation and even an odd server located somewhere in Africa.
But, this tale dosen't end with that. Symatec ( The folks who made Norton ) have deleted EVERY post referring to "PIFTs.exe" outside of their official thread. The reason given is "Spam". There was a spam run on their forum, but it occurred in response to threads being deleted, which means that threads were being deleted BEFORE said attack.
I'll leave this for you gents to mull over, and if any of you don't believe my post, do a bit of research on the matter. ( Norton's own forums are a good start, if you want to see how their treating their own customers on the matter. )
7 years 24 weeks ago, 12:00 PM