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 © 2007 by Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Dennis is a management consultant based in Alexandria, Virginia. His experience includes consulting company ownership and management, open data, database publishing and data transformation, managing the integration of large systems, corporate technology strategy, social media adoption, statistical research, and IT cost analysis. Clients have included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Library of Medicine. He has worked throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Egypt, and China. His web site is located at www.ddmcd.com and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter he is @ddmcd.