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A spyware mystery: Who's behind it?
NEW YORK (AP) -- In less than two years, CoolWebSearch has become the bane
of the computing industry.
Its programmers have managed to reset Web browsers so that searches get
rerouted to the CoolWeb search engine. And any time anti-spyware engineers
find a way to stop the hijacking, a new variant pops up, sneakier than its
predecessor. There are now dozens.
"It's a cat-and-mouse game almost," said Tim Bryan, an InterMute Inc.
software developer in charge of fighting CoolWebSearch.
There are less pernicious forms of spyware, of course. And there is what's
more properly termed adware because many such programs don't actually
harvest data from users. Adware is often produced by larger companies, one
of which even briefly planned an initial public offering.
CoolWebSearch and its ilk are what's most troublesome because they are so
stealthy. Investigators are apparently stymied. In its anti-spyware
efforts, the Federal Trade Commission has so far managed to file only one
lawsuit -- against an American, and in a case unconnected to CoolWeb.
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