Thats dated a month ago. If the date is wrong or I am blind, I am apologetic. But, that says about a month ago, and they are the premier security company.
Nonetheless, if a company is willing to do something so freaking horrible like that, then thats it, they are done in my mind. Even if it's old news, who cares, you just don't become a murderer, and suddenly say, I'm not a murder because I got caught. It doesn't work like that here, maybe in other universes, but, I'm sorry, the unforgivable sin in software is to even THINK of distributing EVIL SOFTWARE on the backs of en ELITE SOFTWARE LIKE CC CLEANER!!!\
UNFORGIVABLE. Issue all the apologies in the world, the fact you even went there, omg, the fact they actually did it!!! I in 10,000,000,000 years, I don't care if they offered my the world, life is too short, I would NEVER sell my soul to earn a buck. They did, and it appears not long ago. So, even if the date is wrong, and it was a long time ago, I don't care. Whats done is done, they should not be online, period. If this is true, and they at any point in time did this, then they should be immediately shutdown, because I guarantee, without any doubt in my mind, the people who were a part of this malicious attack on CC Cleaner, NMAP, and thousands others, are still working there, maybe not all of them, but, I'll bet any amount of money, that people who partook in this evil scheme are still working there. Thats what I have a problem with. If I worked there, and my boss told me to break the law and hurt people, I would tell him to shove it, quit, and immediately post it all over the internet. So, how come one of the hundreds of developers who knew about this didn't say a word????
Evil company. Thats why. All or most of them are still working there, and you don't just kill someone and turn into a nice day the next day by way of apology. To me, spyware, trojans, viruses, all fall under the same offence as murder. It's a heinous crime, and it's unforgivable. I'm surprised they weren't thrown in prison. Hell, we imprison more people per capita than anywhere else on earth. We even put millions of innocent people in prison to keep the prison guards paid, and the cops paid, and we let them slide for committing FRAUD??? WTF? There is definitely something wrong, if they got off with an apology?? Are you kidding me?
I haven't needed to use my CC in a long time, so today when I went to update, I started looking for the checksum, seeing that CC hadn't come up to speed, I figured I've verify the download sites, and thats when I saw the post on NMAP's site. I WAS SHOCKED!!!
Thank God I checked. I just got rid of a terrible virus last week for a client, and it destroyed half of her data, corrupted files everywhere. It was a nightmare. Then I see that Download.com is doing it? Apology or not, you have to be a very evil company to go down that road, and none of their developers said a thing during development, they are all bad. Every freaking one of them. Not a single whistle blower?? They ALL WERE OKAY with this??? OMG MAN!!
I would've RUN OUT AND POSTED EVERYWHERE ON THE NET! There is no way in hell I would ever be a part of something so sinister. I will never in my entire life ever use their service. Plus, CNET?? How the hell is CNET affiliated with them???? WHY?? CNET is reputable, they have good reporting and everything else, why on earth are they even a part of this abomination?
Bottom line, once a Black Hatter, always a Black Hatter. No such thing as Black one day, White the next. Unless you go to work for the NSA of course, but, there, you'll just be wearing a different style black hat.
I've been White Hat my entire career in penetration testing, security, cryptography, number theory, game theory, and applied mathematics. I get paid to crack RSA/DSA/AES256 encrypted files/partitions/etc operated by some very bad bad people. These guys are the same people who are destroying our country. Then I see this today? A popular download site did the unthinkable? What has the world come too, and even worse, that CNET is involved. What the hell? If it's old news then why don't I see any indictments? What, are they like the crooks on WallStreet? They just get a pass? They rob/steal/kill and get a pass?