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 Dec 06, 2004 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Users who don't mind spyware?

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This is just strange - Wired's got a story today about people who think that spyware is no big deal.

On Thursday Columbia University issued a warning to students whose machines harbor Marketscore, which Columbia's IT department said is in wide use on students' computers.

"To protect campus systems against further spread of this threat, we have blocked connections from our networks to the spyware's home servers. If your ability to view web pages on the internet has stopped, it may be because you were infected with this spyware," Columbia's announcement read in part.

Cornell and half a dozen other universities posted similar warnings and have also blocked Marketscore servers.

"This sucks," said a Pennsylvania State University student in an e-mail interview. "I can't surf the web and I can't trade files if I uninstall the spyware. Why can't the college let me do what I want to do with my computer? The school computer security guys are being way more annoying than the spyware was."
It is readily apparent that these users have no clue as to how much the software is actually doing.

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