Are Cingular And Travelocity Still Supporting Adware?

Despite being fined by the State of New York, Cingular and Travelocity might still be supporting adware, according to “Massachusetts lawyer and spyware researcher Ben Edelman.” From PC World:

Edelman says Cingular Wireless and Travelocity are indirectly supporting the adware and spyware industry with ad dollars despite efforts by both companies to cut ties with that form of advertising.

Edelman claims that ads for both companies are being displayed by adware companies whose software programs are installed on users PCs without consent. He says adware is inserting ads for Cingular and Travelocity on Web sites that include Google and dating site True.com–without either of the site’s consent or knowledge.

Cingular and Travelocity started running with the bad crowd and now it seems it can be as difficult for them to get their ads off spyware as it is for consumers to get spyware off their computers.

Still, it’s Cingular and Travelocity’s responsibility to clean this up.—MEGHANN MARCO

Unstoppable Adware [PCWorld]

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  1. velocipenguin says:

    It can be tricky for advertisers to prevent their ads from being delivered by malware. Advertising online generally involves so many middlemen that it’s impossible to guarantee an ad won’t be handed off to a malware company. All it takes is one moderately unscrupulous advertising subcontractor to tarnish an otherwise-clean ad campaign with spyware. (Ben Edelman has some excellent articles on how this sort of thing happens.)

    I haven’t seen any spyware-delivered Travelocity or Cingular ads in a few months (I work for an anti-spyware maker), but ads for Orbitz seem to appear pretty frequently.

  2. Tango says:

    Speaking as an online media buyer it is not as easy as saying “I don’t want my ads to show up on adware networks.” Many networks are like magic black boxes where an advertiser pays for leads but doesn’t get to see where they come from. Even Yahoo is a black box that has wound up on adware.

    I got a cold call from a guy at Direct Revenue (Best Offers) just after I had the opportunity to remove their adware program from one of my machines. He assured me that all of their programs were distributed with the full knowledge and consent of the end user; sure, buddy. My heart goes out to everyone whose machines are infected with that trash.

  3. Coronagold says:

    This may not be directly related but here come da phone spam. Not by normal spammers but by credit card companies. And they sell phone #s.

  4. SexCpotatoes says:

    Wait, there’s a good Edelman? Like, that’s looking out for consumers or something….? Must be the black sheep of the famn damily.

  5. Jason-Ryan-Isaksen says:

    Oh trust me, if they weren’t paying for it, the malware/adware places wouldn’t be delivering their ads. They would go to the place that pays them. They just don’t go on sending traffic to a place if they stop paying, doesn’t work like that.

    Not only are the people doing it not that kind hearted, but if you don’t pay them, they weigh anchor and move on, especially if you bring heat like the media and investigations on them. If they are still getting attention it’s because they are paying for it.

    Jason Isaksen