This morning while running SPYSWEEPER on my computer I discovered (and then quarantined) a cookie named “imrworldwide.com.” On doing some research I found that typing in the URL “www.imrworldwide.com” into my browser switched me immediately to “www.nielsen-netratings.com.” But I can find no reference on the Nielsen site to this cookie.
I then find this cookie might be associated with an Australian entity named “redsheriff.com” that has been linked (I use the phrase “has been linked” intentionally to indicate I don’t really know if any of this is true) with spyware that may send data on personal web surfing behavior to a server application; use of this system has been linked publicly with organizations such as the BBC.
How concerned should I be about this type of spyware? I run SPYSWEEPER once per week. Should I be doing this more frequently?
Copyright (c) 2007 by Dennis D. McDonald. Dennis is a Washington DC area consultant specializing in project management, digital strategy, and technology adoption. He has been involved with data collection, management, and analysis projects involving survey and statistical data, demographics, text and image retrieval, database conversion and consolidation, customer support, controlled vocabularies and full text, financial data systems, industrial & manufacturing systems, and social media metrics. His clients have included General Electric, Ford, American International Group, Whirlpool, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Jive Software, the National Library of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, Social Media Today and Oracle, and the World Bank Group. Contact Dennis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-402-7382. His website is here: http://www.ddmcd.com.