Morpheus gives surfers the run-around

by Rael Dornfest

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Despite claims that Morpheus is spyware-free, is reporting that StreamCast Networks is rolling out a browser plug-in that silently re-routes requests for certain destination sites via a third-party server for the purposes of observing surfing-habits. "The new Morpheus marketing program is based on a technology called browser helper objects (BHO), which attach themselves to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser." While, to their credit, Morpheus (at least the current Gnutella-based version) doesn't require registration information and CEO Steve Griffin does state that no personal information is being collected, it does feel a little like splitting hairs on the definition of "spyware."