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From Donald Harbison <>
Subject Re: Fake OOo download website that loads malware
Date Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:34:12 GMT
On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM, floris v <> wrote:
> > Hello, in the old forum this topic was posted:
> >
> >
> > It appears that if you download and install OOo from
> > you also get the funmoods toolbar
> and
> > a lot of trouble. Can you take action against it? Thank you.
> >
> I found more information from the user on this one.  He found it when
> searching Bing for Open Office.  If you try that you will see several
> fake sites, as paid advertisements.  One site even claims to be the
> "official Open Office download" (
> though their "premium installer" (showing a large logo)
> installs a bunch of other apps that inject themselves into your
> browser, etc.
> The business model is simple.  They are paid per install to bundle
> these other apps, and they advertize their adulterated version of
> OpenOffice via email spam, social network spam, domain squatting and
> search engine advertisements.
> In general taking down the actual sites is difficult.  Some of these,
> for example, are off-shore.  So our best bet is to go after the
> weakest link, namely Bing.  The search engines like Bing and Google
> generally have a policy against using 3rd party trademarks in ad text.
>  Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc., have similar policies that could be
> used.  So instead of trying to shut down the site, you simply prevent
> the sites from using the major search engines and social network sites
> to confuse users.
> However, to raise a complaint against these ads via Bing would require
> that we actually have the registered trademark in Apache's name,
> something we do not have now.  But if we did we could take care of all
> of these sites in an afternoon.
Shane, what is your advice on this? Is it now time to move and register the
trademarks to the PPMC can take action here?

> -Rob
> > Peter aka floris v
> >

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