Bogus Spyware Scan Companies Held In Contempt Of Court

from the like-they-care dept

Earlier this month, we noted that the FTC had cracked down, yet again, on a company for putting up a bogus spyware scanner. The company would get people to their site where it would supposedly "scan" their hard drive for spyware. Of course, the scan was entirely bogus, and the scan would always tell you that your computer was rife with spyware. Then the site would tell you to buy its anti-spyware product for about $40. Of course, that anti-spyware product did absolutely nothing. The FTC ordered the company to shut down, but apparently the company is ignoring the order. It's now reached a point where a court has found the company in contempt and ordered it to pay $8,000/day until it complies. The execs in the company have had their assets frozen and the judge is now threatening to have them arrested. Sure, scamming may be easy money, but you would think these guys would at least shut down this operation and move on to some other bogus scam, rather than outright ignoring the court and the FTC.

Update: Now it comes out that these sites are using URL redirectors via Microsoft and the IRS to make people think they're legit.


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    Sherwin, Dec 23rd, 2008 @ 7:42pm

    Haha, this is kinda funny. I'm assuming that since their assets have been frozen, and the judge is threatening to have them arrested, that they live in the U.S. If the order was issued in another country, it may not be enforcible, but in the country that you are living in, and doing business in, and have your assets in? Sounds like a dumb idea to me!

     

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    Simple Mind, Dec 23rd, 2008 @ 7:58pm

    vmonde virus

    Getting hit by virturmonde virus at many sites now using Firefox latest version. It is annoying but simply time wasting to eradicate. The free Anti-Malware fixes it. Please crush these morons that cause us grief. Please! We hate you. Get a real job. And f-u.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 23rd, 2008 @ 8:51pm

    you mean they haven't been arrested yet?! They are ruining computers ON PURPOSE.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 23rd, 2008 @ 8:58pm

    The FTC website has some info re this matter and its defendants, which site is located at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0723137/index.shtm.

    Personally, I have never seen a list of defendants in an action before a federal agency or a court quite as long as this one.

    Interestingly, it appears the defendants' operations were fairly recently moved from the US to Belize, so I do have to wonder how the FTC and the court intend to try and enforce the TRO and the contempt order. Unless the defendants are deaf, dumb and blind, I rather doubt they would be foolish enough to leave all their financial assets sitting in financial institutions located within the jurisdiction of U.S. Courts.

     

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    Zaphod, Dec 23rd, 2008 @ 10:15pm

    What I would like to see done to the purveyors of this crap.

    Ever seen the shower scene from Night Trap?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywa07Iic8Zc

    Yeah, that's what I would like to see done to the distributors of our collective pain. :D

     

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    James S, Jan 3rd, 2009 @ 4:41am


    Now it comes out that these sites are using URL redirectors via Microsoft and the IRS to make people think they're legit.


    If Microsoft Windows wasn't so abysmally insecure, there wouldn't be a need for "anti-virus" software. MS is the enabler here.

     

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