Thursday, February 5, 2009

CNN installed P2P software on PC's during inauguration!

...people who watched live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 may not realize that their PC was used to send the video to other PCs...Clicking "yes" to a CNN.com dialog box installed a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that uses your Internet bandwidth rather than CNN's to send live video to other viewers...

Octoshape's dialog box warns that playing a live video "requires" installing new software...if you click "no" to Octoshape, you can play the feed using the streaming video capability built into Windows Media Player or Adobe's Flash Player...

The Octoshape EULA doesn't become available until after the user is required to select "yes" or "no" to install the app...

Any Web site you visit that is "Octoshape aware" can invoke the application. If a security vulnerability is discovered in the Octoshape software, hackers could exploit the weakness.

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