Dec 062012
 December 6, 2012  Posted by  Business, Govt, Online

Dan Goodin reports:

An advertising network that served banners on,, and 45,000 other sites has settled federal charges that it illegally exploited a decade-old browser flaw that leaks the history of websites users visit.

Epic Marketplace used data mined from the history sniffing exploit to assign interests to visitors so the ad network could deliver targeted ads, according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission. Interest categories included “pregnancy-fertility getting pregnant,” “incontinence,” “memory improvement,” and “arthritis.” The FTC brought the case against New York City-based Epic Marketplace after the practice was revealed by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer in July 2011.

Read more on Ars Technica.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.

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