man' wins gold, by Stephen Hutcheon and Jacquelin
Maley - 16th February 2006
The Sydney Morning Herald)
According to the International Olympic Committee's
website, Australia's gold medallist Dale Begg-Smith,
runs an internet pop-up advertising company that he
describes as the third largest of its type.
that's about as much detail as you'll get out of the
Lamborghini-driving Canadian-turned-Australian moguls
skier who is reluctant to talk about his dealings
which remain shrouded in secrecy.
on Monday at a pre-race press conference, the 21-year-old
said he had wound down his multimillion-dollar internet
business to concentrate on his Olympic ambitions.
refused to reveal the name of his business, nor details
of its operations or size. He did say it had "two
or three" employees and that it wasn't really
an issue with skiing because it had been wound down.
haven't spent much time on it, I've let it taper off
during the ski season," Begg-Smith said when
pressed about his work. "There's not much to
say. We design technology and stuff like that, some
advertising stuff, too."
the companies that he and brother Jason Begg-Smith
are involved with are some of the most annoying aspects
of the web.
main companies - called AdsCPM and CPM Media - make
money by skimming a small percentage each time an
ad scores a hit or is directed to a client's site.
said the figures being bandied about his business
- one report had him earning $40 million - were untrue.
his post-race press conference overnight, Begg-Smith
became irritated when more questions were asked about
his business. According to Canadian press reports
he said: "I don't know why we're talking about
the company. I just won Olympic gold."
reiterated that his business was set up to help fund
his skiing career and that he was now concentrating
on his sport.
to the Canadian Press news agency, Begg-Smith said
"his business had never dealt with any specific
kind of advertising, only the technology to track
how often the ads were being seen. It was up to his
customers to decide what kind of ads they wanted to
use, he said."
searches reveal that AdsCPM Network has been a supplier
of pop-under and -up advertising to websites.
they are a source of annoyance to web surfers, pop
ads are used by many mainstream websites and are perfectly
there is a dark side to the pop ad business.
programs that launch these ads are sometimes secreted
- by third parties - in many website with "honeypot"
offerings, such as pornography, free games, downloads
web surfers visiting these sites can unwittingly become
infected with so-called adware which spawns annoying
advertisement and which can be used to secretly track
a user's web surfing habits.
computer security companies have warnings about AdsCPM
and CPM Media which are held responsible for the Xzoomy.com
search engine directory page and a site called FreeScratchandWin.com
to the Spyware Guide website, FreeScratchandWin.com
opens pop ads "every few minutes", hijacks
users' home- and search-page settings and can spy
on users' web usage.
CPM website, 2nd-thought.com,
initiates a so-called browser hijacker program that
resets the user's home page and often redirect searches
to porn sites.
Sydney Morning Herald