July 28th, 2010, 07:27 AM #1
Zombie Cookies Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net GiantsPrivacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over ‘Zombie’ Cookies | Threat Level | Wired.com
By Ryan Singel July 27, 2010 | 4:06 pm
A wide swath of the net’s top websites, including MTV, ESPN, MySpace, Hulu, ABC, NBC and Scribd, were sued in federal court Friday on the grounds they violated federal computer intrusion law by secretly using storage in Adobe’s Flash player to re-create cookies deleted by users.
At issue is technology from Quantcast, also targeted in the lawsuit. Quantcast created Flash cookies that track users across the web, and used them to re-create traditional browser cookies that users deleted from their computers. These “zombie” cookies came to light last year, after researchers at UC Berkeley documented deleted browser cookies returning to life. Quantcast quickly fixed the issue, calling it an unintended consequence of trying to measure web traffic accurately.
Flash cookies are used by many of the net’s top websites for a variety of purposes, from setting default volume levels on video players to assigning a unique ID to users that tracks them no matter what browser they use. (Disclosure: The last time we reported on this issue, we found that Wired.com used one to set video preferences.)
The lawsuit (.pdf), filed in U.S. district court in San Francisco, asks the court to find that the practice violated eavesdropping and hacking laws, and that the practice of secretly tracking users also violated state and federal fair trade laws. The lawsuit alleges a “pattern of covert online surveillance” and seeks status as a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Joseph Malley, a privacy activist lawyer who also played key roles in other high profile privacy lawsuits, including a $9.5 million settlement earlier this year from Facebook over its ill-fated Beacon program and a settlement with Netflix after the company gave imperfectly anonymized data to contestants in a movie recommendation contest.
“The objective of this scheme was the online harvesting of consumers’ personal information for Defendants’ use in online marketing activities,” wrote Malley, who called the technique “as simple as it was deceptive and devious.”
Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.They say technology slows down for no one. I know it outruns my wallet. I figure its because my wallet isn't light enough yet.
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July 28th, 2010, 09:50 AM #2
So dose anybody know how to delete these.
Maybe we don't need Adobe, I'm sick of it trying to update 10 times a day.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
July 28th, 2010, 10:00 AM #3
Benn using this for awhile...
Pandora uses flash so I protect that folder.
If you use Ccleaner, you need to make sure that registry path is protect from deletion as well.
July 28th, 2010, 11:29 AM #4
How come Firefox doesn't like it?
I get a red circle, with a line through it.
Last edited by stroyal; July 28th, 2010 at 01:29 PM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
July 28th, 2010, 11:38 AM #5
I had 256 of those pieces of crap.
I don't think I have ever been to any of the sights mentioned.
It must be more widespread.
Thanks, to both of you.
Last edited by stroyal; July 28th, 2010 at 11:43 AM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
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July 28th, 2010, 03:26 PM #7
In 3 computers checked so far, I had over 1100 zombies.
I know they are only cookies, but marketing cookies, just piss me off.
I'm pretty good about not getting viruses, and malware.
Other than finding them on scans, I haven't had a computer infected in 15 years.Maybe.
I'm still never sure if something is lurking, that can't be found.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
August 2nd, 2010, 04:33 PM #8
You almost have to Internet with a live disk anymore.
Stay paranoid, but sane.
August 2nd, 2010, 04:43 PM #9
I'll have to check that out. Description is a little vague for me and there are no pics.
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