MySpace users beware, it appears that spyware/adware companies are stooping to even new lows and creating false profiles
with the intention of pushing adware. Zango
, the company behind Hotbar and the Zango Search Assistant, is the culprit.. Zango was formed by the merger of Hotbar and 180Solutions a short while ago, and apparently now has had their software pushed to people via MySpace profiles in popups and maybe even false advertising:
One of the MySpace profiles pushed a toolbar and programs designed to "protect kids from predators," Boyd wrote in a blog entry over the weekend. The other popped up an extra window prompting the visitor to accept a licence to play a video file, he wrote.
Zango immediately has come out and state that the profiles were created by a "company developer" and that they were "a mistake". Regardless, the pages did exist, and it shows a concept that unfortunately may become quite common. One of them has been deleted, and the other may soon follow. But with spyware being such a big business, I doubt it will stay gone for good.