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WoT = VIRUS/SPYWARE - DO NOT INSTALL / UNINSTALL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:33 pm
by mario692
This addon is spyware according to German journalists. The greedy developers of this addons sell personal data, including your browser history, to everyone who's interested. And it's NOT anonymized. The journalists were able to link those data to REAL people.

The developers of this addon are such greedy and dishonest people. They do everything to get money, even when it means to massively violate your privacy.

DO NOT USE! UNINSTALL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you already have this installed.

Source (in german): hxxp://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/netzwelt/Nackt-i ... tz100.html (replace hxxp by http)

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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:26 pm
by mario692
P.S. Here is a source in english: hxxp://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/ (replace hxxp by http)

Money quote:
The data that Panorama bought from brokers contained more than ten billion web addresses. The data was not fully anonymized, as the team managed to identify people in various ways.

The web address, URL, for instance revealed user IDs, emails or names for instance. This was the case for PayPal (email), for Skype (user name) or an online check-in of an airline.

What's particularly worrying is that the information did not stop there. It managed to uncover information about police investigations, the sexual preferences of a judge, internal financial information of companies, and searches for drugs, prostitutes, or diseases.

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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:32 pm
by Guest
I give MyWot 24 hours to explain this. Then i will delete my account.

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Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:53 pm
by 31Y13
Its a shame WOT could not give answers to the journalists on this privacy desaster.

This bad news is in every news source (blogs, online news papers) here, even at the prime time news at 8:00p.m. on TV.

I am really disappointed.


greetings from Germany

RE: WoT = VIRUS/SPYWARE - DO NOT INSTALL / UNINSTALL AS SOON AS

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:57 am
by A440
This is a problem for WOT.

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:42 am
by Guest
For everyone who does not believe this:
I have analyzed the traffic of the WOT add-on a while ago and i noticed that it sends the complete browser history to an unknown third party server. I always thought that this is just the server that gives you the information if a site is good or bad, but now i blocked this server completely and the WOT add-on still works as expected.

The NDR is part of the biggest German TV station, and they are funded directly through our country. I highly doubt that they would lie about this.

More sources from reliable German news sites:

hxxp://www.golem.de/news/browser-addons-browse ... 24171.html
hxxps://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Million ... 53820.html
hxxp://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trus ... 19236.html
hxxp://www.handelsblatt.com/technik/sicherheit ... 79688.html
hxxp://www.stern.de/panorama/bericht--beliebte ... 29358.html

It's now mentioned in Wikipedia:
hxxps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services#Privacy_issues

RE: WoT = VIRUS/SPYWARE - DO NOT INSTALL / UNINSTALL AS SOON AS

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:57 am
by Guest
This is the server:
Name: prod-mywo-mywotpop-175cqrplyb0n9-2133581242.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com
Addresses: 52.5.242.93
52.205.103.6
52.73.240.213
52.44.121.119
107.21.18.47
107.21.49.33
Aliases: secure.mywot.com

RE: WoT = VIRUS/SPYWARE - DO NOT INSTALL / UNINSTALL AS SOON AS

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:40 am
by mario692
@Niki49 and others: I would recommend to completely uninstall this addon. The developers might change their servers or build new tracking functionality into their addon, then your data will be sold again.

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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:34 am
by Kraftwerk

RE: WoT = VIRUS/SPYWARE - DO NOT INSTALL / UNINSTALL AS SOON AS

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:03 am
by Site-rater
This must explain why donsorg stopped uploading the WOT Addon source code to GitHub last year.