Spyware on FreeBSD!?

Frank Shute frank at esperance-linux.co.uk
Tue Feb 8 20:13:59 GMT 2005

On Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 06:39:48PM +0000, Mark Ovens wrote:
> Frank Shute wrote:
> >Bad news, looks like my machine has been infected with some Spyware.
> >
> >I noticed that on surfing to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/ or anything under
> >that domain, I was getting some outgoing activity and Firefox was
> >after a URL (as shown by the status bar) somewhere under the domain: 
> >
> >http://bbcnewscouk.112.2o7.net/
> >
> >A quick Google on 2o7.net confirmed my worst fears: spyware!
> >
> >and a 2o7.net cookie planted on my machine.
> >
> >I cached some pages in my proxy <excerpt>:
> >
> >http://bbcnewscouk.112.2o7.net/b/ss/bbcnewscouk/1/G.7-Pd-R/s68107022286455?purl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bbc.co.uk%2F&pccr=true&%5BAQB%5D&ndh=1&t=8/1/2005+2:21:56+2+0&cdp=3&pageName=BBC+NEWS+|+News+Front+Page&g=http://news.bbc.co.uk/&cc=GBP&c1=1&s=1152x864&c=24&j=1.3&v=N&k=Y&bw=1129&bh=543&p=Default+Plugin%3B&%5BAQE%5D
> >
> >http://bbcnewscouk.112.2o7.net/b/ss/bbcnewscouk/1/G.7-Pd-R/s68107022286455?purl=http://news.bbc.co.uk/&pccr=true&%5BAQB%5D&ndh=1&t=8/1/2005+2:21:56+2+0&cdp=3&pageName=BBC+NEWS+|+News+Front+Page&g=http://news.bbc.co.uk/&cc=GBP&c1=1&s=1152x864&c=24&j=1.3&v=N&k=Y&bw=1129&bh=543&p=Default+Plugin%3B&%5BAQE%5D
> >
> >Looks like some sort of perl script which returns a 2x2 gif, whilst
> >harvesting your browsing habits (and screen & windowsize - by calling
> >Javascript functions in Firefox?)
> >
> % whois 2o7.net
> [....]
> Registrant:
> Omniture, Inc. (2O41-DOM)
>    550 East Timpanogos Cir
>    Building G
>    Orem, UT 84097
>    US
> From BBC's Privacy and Cookies Policy (there's a link at the bottom of 
> the main page) http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy/
> 2. Visitor Information
> [....]
> "The BBC also uses a company called Omniture to track and analyse 
> non-personally identifiable usage and statistical information about 
> volume of visitors to the BBC News pages on bbc.co.uk in order to 
> measure the effectiveness of the BBC News web pages and improve services 
> to users. Please note that this is not personal information, only 
> general summaries of the activities of visitors to bbc.co.uk. If you 
> wish to reject the Omniture cookies, you can use the process set out 
> below in point 7. Further information regarding Omniture's privacy 
> statement can be found at http://www.omniture.com/policy.html#cookies."
> Blocking the cookies does not stop the site working.

Cheers Mark. I looked at that page too, skim read it and missed it. It
was only in the last few days that I'd noticed the behaviour I
described. It's probably been like that for months but I was too drunk
to notice it or something :)

Huge relief. I thought I'd installed a nefarious XPI - if such things

Apologies to all for any alarm caused! I think I'm a bit paranoid ATM
due to some unpleasant personal circumstances. 



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