from the thats-kinda-creapy dept.
Zarf writes: "A start-up called Quova is pinging and tracerouting the entire Internet, causing firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems to go crazy, and some security-types to get mad, according to this story at Security Focus. What's interesting is that the company won't say what they're doing with the information they're gathering, but records with the Patent and Trademark Office suggest it has something to do with selling "psychographic" information, i.e., matching advertisments to particular lifestyles and beliefs."
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small
price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.