Alerts - Marketscore - Blocked <BR>- Security Hazard

Date Entered: 12/09/2004

Idaho State University has blocked access to Marketscore for security reasons. If you are now unable to use your browser to view webpages, it may be because Marketscore was installed on your machine.

Marketscore is dangerous spyware that intercepts and stores a wide range of sensitive information, including passwords, credit card information and health and financial data.

Marketscore claims to speed up web browsing by routing all traffic through its own network of servers where it is analyzed to create research reports on internet trends and e-commerce activity. Marketscore has developed a method to view encrypted information.

Marketscore is bundled with iMesh peer-to-peer software which may be how it got on to campus computers.

For more information on this threat, read these articles:

Computer World article - Update: Universities grapple with SSL-busting Spyware http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2004/0,4814,97936,00.html

Wired News article - Spyware on my Machine? So What? - http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,65906,00.html