Of course it should. So should any online entity.
But not ZapShares, which feels qualified to advise the US congress.
Yesterday I had a spam-mail from ZapFester touting a ‘revolutionary’ application which, it declared, would protect surfers from lawsuits.
I posted a story not to announce something new and wonderful, but as a warning.
The, “launch of the ZapShares Media Network” would, “for the first time allow(s) advertisers to target 200 million people who use file sharing software (also known as `Peer-To-Peer` or `P2P` software) like LimeWire and BitTorrent, said the company.
It keeps its promise to advertisers by persuading reality challenged users allow it to plant a spyware application on their computers for ‘monitoring’ purposes.
It goes without saying that anyone who allows any commercial company in any way attached to the advertising community to embed software in their computer needs serious professional help.
In emails and Reader’s Writes, Zapster boss Bernard Trest claims his product is a genuine innovation.
But for only the second time in p2pnet’s seven-year history, I actively suspended comment posts because I could see Trest would plaster the site with promos dressed up as protestations.
‘PeerMatrix ad-crap targets P2P users’
‘Hmmm,’ Marc was thinking. ‘The guy’s name seems familiar.’
Dead on. In November last year, I ran another story featuring a Trest product.
This time around, Trest was spamming the, “first public release of the PeerMatrix software, which for the first time allows advertisers to deliver ads to 200 million people who use file-sharing software (also known as `Peer-To-Peer` or `P2P` software) like LimeWire and Shareaza”.
I went on »»»
`It`s a completely new type of advertising,` said Bernard Trest, president of PeerMatrix Inc. `For the first time, advertisers can target 200 million file sharers who were previously off limits to advertising`.
And no doubt every one of the 200 million had agreed to have unwanted ads spammed at them.
Comparing it to Google AdWords, The software works by taking incoming search requests from P2P users and dynamically generating search results that exactly match those searches, boasts the company. The user who conducts the search is therefore persuaded to download and view the ad.
How are P2P users identified over other kinds users? – p2pnet asked Trest. And, How they `persuaded` to view an ad they didn`t ask to see ?
PeerMatrix software, advertisers [sic] to users specifically on P2P networks and although the software currently only operates on the Gnutella network, we plan to expand the software to other P2P networks at a later date, he responded, going on:
What this means is that PeerMatrix software will advertise to anyone using P2P file sharing software such as LimeWire, MP3 Rocket, Shareaza, and so forth. Up until now, no software or service existed that allowed people to advertise on LimeWire, Shareaza, and so forth, so PeerMatrix is the first software that allows anyone to advertise on the P2P networks and target a previously untapped market of hundreds of millions of users.
Hmmm. MP3 Rocket, eh?
MP3Rocket is a p2pnet advertiser and given that all our dealings with the company have been straight up and straightforward, we were surprised to find them apparently lending their name to a tacky project such as this.
But that wasn`t the case â not that we thought it was.
Thanks for the heads up on PeerMatrix`s new p2p spam technology, MP3Rocket`s Paschal Rousseau told p2pnet, going on:
MP3Rocket currently has technology to block PeerMatrix`s newest AdMorph or phony video file technology.
When will PeerMatrix learn that the secret to having success is providing customers with what they want not trying to trick them with morphing AdWords on their videos.
Stay tuned, I suggested.
‘LOL, Really in depth stuff’
This time, ZapFester uses a ‘study’ to add credence to its claims.
There are, “Lots of references to the ‘study’ (with varying percentages), but the study is never referenced, ever, anywhere,” says Marc, going on »»»
All he keeps saying is, “The study”. Well my “study” shows this is garbage.
This is the guy’s moronic study: http://www.zapshares.com/awareness.pdf
Is that it? Nooo there are more great studies like this one (which is nowhere to be found).
“In other recent studies, ZapShares Inc. found that large numbers of people are inadvertently sharing personal tax returns, banking and other financial information, credit card information, and other data that identity thieves could use to steal a person’s identity.”
“Other research conducted by ZapShares Inc. found that computer systems located in Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia actively scanning P2P networks for, among other things, information pertaining to many principal United States defense contractors, weapons system information, classified government documents, and other data that could place national security at risk.”
LOL, Really in depth stuff eh. Puts the Conference Board of Canada to shame.
But wait, you can’t seriously think that’s all? Of course not! For those who act fast we will toss in more Research & Studies! This one on National Security! http://www.1888pressrelease.com/new-research-shows-severe-national-security-threat-posed-by-pr-123385.html
“ZapShares Inc. announced today the findings of new research that indicates computer systems located in Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia are scouring computer Peer-To-Peer (also known as “P2P”) file-sharing networks for classified information that could place national security at risk.”
All you defense contractors and nuclear physicists out there need to act FAST! North Korea is On Yo ASS!
Yikes! That’s almost as bad as identity fraud! Think of the children!
You didn’t think that’s all you’d get, did you? WE HAVE MORE RESEARCH to give you! http://www.pr.com/press-release/153879
“A new study conducted by ZapShares shows that 95% of file-sharers are inadvertently making files available that could expose them to identity theft and lawsuits.”
We will also toss in our list of words hackers and thieves search for! http://www.zapshares.com/searchterms.pdf
OK,you must be saying to yourself, “How can he give us all this great stuff for free”!
Well, here’s the catch … “We also let you download and install PeerMatrix!”
PeerMatrix is so damn new and different (and Targets 200 Million P2P Users with ads) that when we first released it in 2008 with great reviews as seen on TorrentFreak, we had to release it again almost every month as new!
Thats right! Mr. Bernard Trest, president ZapShares, is also president of the newly released PeerMatrix
Thats right, 2 spam machines and fake searches engines for the price of 1!
Phew, by now you must be saying, “Golly Mr. Trest, You have been saving people and national defense for so long, how do you do it”?
Well, http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200906/1243986794.html “Our software does for P2P file sharing what Google did for keyword advertising. By opening up P2P users to advertising, we plan to become the Google of P2P ads.”
(Best Gomer Pile impression) GooOoOoOllly! Best Batman impression) Holy parasites Robin!
Now to help out the likes of file-sharing companies like Limewire, we contact congress with our super-secret research!
That’s right. We are on your side! All hail the chief!
“ZapShares Inc. publically announced today that since June 10, 2009 they have been working with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding hearings into the “Inadvertent File Sharing Over Peer-To-Peer Networks.” On June 25, 2009 ZapShares Inc. submitted over 150 pages of evidence pertaining to the matter before the Committee.
“Even though the Committee today held new hearings regarding inadvertent file sharing, we strongly believe that this issue requires further investigation and on a much greater scale,” said Bernard Trest, President of ZapShares Inc.
“ZapShares Inc. sent letters today to Congressman Edolphus Towns, Congressman Darrell Issa, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Congressman Peter Welch, Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman John Barrow, The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, The Honorable Jon Leibowitz, Federal Trade Commission Chairman, and The Honorable Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission Chairman. In the letter, ZapShares Inc. requests that an investigation be opened by additional government agencies regarding the matter being currently investigated solely by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.”
With that ZapShares also addresses the fact that the Chairman of Lime Group LLC, the maker of the LimeWire file sharing software, perjured himself during his testimony to Congress (http://www.zapshares.com) on July 24, 2007, in his subsequent letter to Congress dated May 1, 2009, and in his testimony today. (http://www.zapshares.com/ericholder.pdf and http://www.zapshares.com/ZapShares-Evidence.pdf)
Anyone see the evidence of perjury claimed by ZapShares that Limewire committed? Or the study on how he “lied”?
Chairman of LimeWire Lied before Congress: http://www.bestsecuritytips.com/news+article.storyid+816.htm
Must have been important stuff. So important that no one heard of it!
Zapshares & PeerMatrix are the saviors of national security!
But does the US governenment really want to be involved with this kind of shady company?
[Sidenote: Why not? It lets the RIAA run the DoJ.]
Ooops. Nope. They must have forgotten.
But never mind. It’s not important.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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