August 8th, 2008, 05:03 PM
reunion.com: legit site or malware?
Interesting little thing that happened this morning. My g/f received a request from a friend to join this site. So she clicked on it and it went through her gmail account, sending a request to all email addresses it found. It also opened up a link to an "AV online scanner" that found "3 nasties" on "her system" but when I tried to close the window, it kept insisting on trying to download an "AV software" to her system.
It's interesting how they tout that they've got 34 million members. I wonder how many were falsely led to believe to join because friends "contacted" them about it. My g/f is pissed because it sent itself out to potential work contacts and close friends.
So at the least, be aware that this is out there but I'm curious if others would view this more as malware or what?
August 8th, 2008, 05:27 PM
Not sure if this would be a good idea, or against the rules, but post a link! I wouldn't mind looking at it... ( I feel your pain on the g/f deal, I spent like a hour or two cleaning up my girlfriends laptop the other day, they just click click click lol)
August 8th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Here's where the "Yes" link (that is, Yes, I know this person) goes to:
I think it does the check after you've registered.
August 8th, 2008, 05:43 PM
I have been increasingly reading about various attacks using social networking sites as a vector, but this is a new one to me. Do you have a name for the alleged AV?
A quick Google turned up this:
Seems that they have been "at it" since at least May of this year? They ought to be taken down IMO as that sort of behavior is unacceptable IMO, and they can hardly plead ignorance and being owned after 3 months?
Last edited by nihil; August 8th, 2008 at 05:49 PM.
August 8th, 2008, 06:00 PM
Based on the responses to that post, I'd label it malware and misrepresentation. I didn't find anything in their TOS that said they would take your address book and forward their info to everyone.
August 8th, 2008, 06:48 PM
I don't think that would work legally anyways? I am pretty sure that would have to be an opt-in service rather than a default.............. and they don't give the option to opt-out?
I didn't find anything in their TOS that said they would take your address book and forward their info to everyone.
August 8th, 2008, 09:37 PM
No. Not from what I've read and not from what my g/f said she did..
August 9th, 2008, 12:32 AM
I wonder what happens if you sign up as a premium member? Why is that alarm bells don't go off in peoples heads with all the crap that your asked to submit.. HOW do these get your gmail contact list without YOU giving them YOUR PASSWORD... I can understand your local addressbook but gmail etc.. as said.. click click clickity click
"Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr
August 9th, 2008, 10:35 AM
I know that this sounds horrendous, but I would guess that this scumware activates when you are logged on to an e-mail account (you respond to an invitation?) and just piggybacks to it. The user would be unaware that this had happened.
I don't think that you need to give them your password, as you are already logged in and they are in essence just impersonating you? That makes it particularly insidious as the user does not seem to be prompted to do anything proactive (a polite word for stupid) that might warn them.
August 9th, 2008, 01:44 PM
Actually, reading the blog they seem to use the openID concept and use that to get the address book. The search through Google for Reunion.com and spam seems to turn up quite a few. What I cannot figure out is why someone would pay to be part of that.
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