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Dale Begg-Smith: Gold Medal Skier and Spyware King?

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The Weekend Australian
Chris Jenkins
February 18, 2006
»www.theaustralian.news.com.au/co···,00.html

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PRESSURE is mounting on gold medal skier Dale Begg-Smith to detail the origins of his internet fortune, which increasingly appears to have been built on developing spyware that diverts users to advertisements and porn sites.

Begg-Smith's manager David Malina said last night he hoped Begg-Smith would issue a statement clarifying his business interests, after his gold medal performance in Turin brought his internet whizz-kid reputation back into the spotlight.

Mr Malina said Begg-Smith "would prefer the media to focus on that".

"He has minimised his involvement in the business and he'd really like to focus on his skiing," he said.

"He runs a legitimate business. He's just won a gold medal for Australia and everyone wants to cut him down."


Begg-Smith, 21, could not be contacted yesterday.

His companies CPM Media and AdsCPM have been identified as the origin of "spyware" programs that can redirect a computer to porn sites or install software that floods the computer with pop-up ads.

Spyware, which installs itself without the owner's knowledge, has become a huge internet security problem, said Ben Gutherie, product marketing manager at internet security company Trend Micro.

"Spyware has been massively increasing year on year," he said.

The CPM programs, which are installed without the owner's permission when they visit web sites, are difficult to erase and have been the subject of many angry complaints on internet help sites.

It appears the CPM spyware also redirects users to websites selling spyware removal tools.

CPM is believed to earn commissions for every click on a pop-up, a diversion to the advertiser's website and when sales result from those diversions.

Begg-Smith has been reluctant to talk about his business, which he started when he was 13 years old in his native Vancouver. He emigrated to Australia three years later.
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The rest of the story is here:
»www.theaustralian.news.com.au/co···,00.html

And don't miss this one (follow the links at the end of the story for the "history" of Mr. Begg-Smith and AdsCPM)
The tale of 'Ausse' Dale
»blogs.smh.com.au/mashup/archives/003629.html

Even more detail about adscpm and it's shady doings from renowned spyware researcher WebHelper4u.com (Patrick Jordan now with SunBelt Software)
TheWatchersList
»www.webhelper4u.com/watcher/wcpm.html
post #2 of 5
This is great news! Now finally we have a name (and fortune) to go with the computer-invading, computer-crashing spyware...now some hackers can do their thing and make his life hell.

No wonder he's such a surly ass - he's trying to duck out of town before people find out what he really represents.

F**king Australians!!!
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If he jumped out in front of my car and I accidentally ran him over, I would have no trouble sleeping that night.
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
This is great news! Now finally we have a name (and fortune) to go with the computer-invading, computer-crashing spyware...now some hackers can do their thing and make his life hell.

No wonder he's such a surly ass - he's trying to duck out of town before people find out what he really represents.

F**king Australians!!!
He's actually a Vancouver native, yes the same place where you now live! He has only be a Australian resident for 3 years and his business goes back to when he was the ripe old age of 13. So instead of bashing the Australians, you should be saying F**king Canucks or F**king Canadians!
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283
He's actually a Vancouver native, yes the same place where you now live! He has only be a Australian resident for 3 years and his business goes back to when he was the ripe old age of 13. So instead of bashing the Australians, you should be saying F**king Canucks or F**king Canadians!

ummm living in australia for 5... had to stop competing for 2 to be able to compete for australia (or some such story)....

but he went to australia at 15 because the canadians would not let him train as he wished to do....(business concerns I gather).... he and brother went to australia then...

Like most australian winter athletes he lives overseas about 9 months a year.... (we breed aerialists for a reason... they can train in water in summer!)
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