Why does Trend Micro send telemetry to data mining firms?

Discussion in 'Trend Micro' started by Slyguy, May 26, 2017.

  1. Game Of Thrones

    Game Of Thrones Level 5

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    I go out and when I back home you find another reason for ditching the trend be aware to not become the second Snowden :) ( kidding :) ) thanks for enlightening us man, I myself really appreciate that and always enjoy your posts here. to me, trend is dead until they say something about this.
     
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  2. Slyguy

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    #22 Slyguy, Jun 13, 2017
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    Unfortunately I have got some confirmation that Trend Micro is part of the intelligence complex now. I think about it this way - let's say Booz/NSA come up with a new exploit, if their labs are merged with Trend how difficult would it be for them to whitelist this with Trend? Also since we now know Trend helped form an NSA investment firm in emerging tech companies this relationship appears tighter than at first glance.

    Trend Micro and all of their products/associations are dead to me now.. Sadly. I'd say we should probably spread the word about this so people like whistleblowers, privacy advocates, regular citizens aren't caught up in what could be the telemetry/surveillance dragnet of Trend+Booz.

    In the interest of disclosure, I used several tools to determine Trend's activity, including this one.. Which monitors/logs background application traffic to determine what they are doing and names the processes and locations;

     
  3. woodrowbone

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    Wow! My own suspicions were that WSA is doing just what you described here...

    /W
     
  4. Slyguy

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    WSA employs spooks, I think their past press releases sort of gave that away. I'd try running Hacker Deterrent on it and see what telemetry and redirects are taking place from their modules. It's also possible much of this happens on the back end out of visibility of such tools.

    For me, the idea of a PAID application harvesting my activity for profit is absolutely repulsive. Harvesting it for intelligence reasons is even more repulsive. Trend (and other firms) appear to be doing this.

    I've only validated Emsisoft and Zemana NOT doing this.. I will be checking Dr. Web this evening. Avira, unfortunately does do this as well.. <sigh>
     
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  5. woodrowbone

    woodrowbone Level 8

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    If you have the time and feel for it, please check Avast.

    /W
     
  6. Slyguy

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    I am considering testing this outside of a VM on a development machine and running through a variety of security products. Avira, unfortunately, seems to have a fascination with MIXPANEL. Ironically, Emsisoft labels Mixpanel as a malicious/privacy invasion site in their database.
     
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  7. Slyguy

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    By the way, I believe the "B" domain Trend hits is the Booz Allen Hamilton one. (B for Booz) Just a guess really, I would need to reinstall it to find out for sure. But I think they'd probably feel putting Booz would be too obvious, and the B sufficed.
     
  8. Slerion

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    Is this still a thing ? i could get licenses for it very cheap
     
  9. ispx

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    trend micro is an interpol partner & they have no qualms in admitting it : so why the huge astonishment?

    wrong, trend micro's headquarters are in yoyogi, shibuya, tokyo, japan :) get your facts right :p
     
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