Bleeping computer goes to war with Enigma

Were-Doomed-The-Dads-Army-StoryA discussion forum which helps people get malware off their PCs has countersued the makers of Spyhunter, the Enigma group.

Bleeping said that Enigma has been registering domain names that include “bleepingcomputer” and posting some of the company’s webpage’s source code on other websites without its authorisation.

However, there is a bit of a backstory because Enigma has sued Bleeping for libel earlier this year over a series of messages that it claims disparaged SpyHunter.

It boils down to a September 2014 post, during which one of Bleeping’s moderators, “Quietman7,” wrote that he could not recommend SpyHunter given “reports by customers of deceptive pricing, continued demands for payment after requesting a refund, lack of adequate customer support, removal (uninstall) problems, and various other issues with their computer as a result of using this product.”

According to Ars Technica further posts described SpyHunter as engaging in “deceptive pricing” and claimed that SpyHunter is a “dubious and ineffective program.”

Bleeping’s lawyers  said:

“Enigma’s lawsuit is plainly nothing more than an attempt to bully and censor Bleeping Computer, and to deter anyone who might criticize it—one more attempt in Enigma’s long pattern of threats, intimidation and litigation. Worse, however, is that all the while, Enigma has been engaged in aggressive, secretive, and cowardly attacks against Bleeping Computer, including ripping off Bleeping Computer’s content and pretending it was authored by Enigma, repeatedly misusing Bleeping’s registered trademark to trade upon its goodwill, and publishing blatantly false claims about Bleeping. As the following allegations demonstrate, Enigma conducts its business in a manner that is illegal, unethical and simply immoral, thereby demonstrating that Quietman7’s mildly critical statements about Enigma’s product, that so enraged Enigma and lead to this lawsuit, pale in comparison to the egregious misconduct Enigma perpetrates on a regular basis.”

Bleeping says that many of these websites, which include infringing URLs and ridiculous subdomains—browser.hijack.bleeping.computer.virus.spywareremovalfreetrial.com—seem to suggest that Bleeping’s own free anti-malware software, known as RKill, is in and of itself a “virus, spyware, or other malware, and specifically malware that can be removed by Enigma’s SpyHunter product.”

Another alleged “Spyhunter” website even claims that RKill a high‐risk Trojan virus infection designed by cyber criminals recently, which bursts in the life of many computer users and causes serious damages to the infected computer. It goes on to say:

“The hateful virus is brimful of mischief. Once it gets in the target computer, it is able to be hidden deep so as to undermine the entire system. Many computer users have no clue until the computer becomes worse and worse. It also can confuse antivirus programs with advanced technology so that it won’t be removed by any removal tools. The virus makers may use every opportunity to control the computer remotely. With the cover of the virus, they can remove or modify your important documents wantonly and steal or encrypt your personal data, resulting in inconvenience as well as unnecessary losses. Therefore, getting rid of rkill.com is quite urgent.”

It looks like it will be an entertaining day in court.  It should get to trial early next year.