FTC Finally Takes Action On Hijacked Computers

from the took-quite-a-while dept

It’s been known for quite some time that a bunch of these viruses have placed trojan horses on computers around the world, that are allowing spammers to send out spam and other malicious files from random computers without having it traced back to them. What didn’t make sense was that no one seemed to be doing anything about it. Now, the FTC has stepped up, and are sending out “hundreds of thousands” of letters warning people that their computers have been compromised. The FTC compiled the list working with a bunch of anti-spam activists – rather than by them trying to scan for the hijacked machines themselves. Most of the machines are corporate machines, and not home users. Though, I do wonder how your average home user would react to receiving such a letter. I imagine they would probably just ignore it.


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“Though, I do wonder how your average home user would react to receiving such a letter. I imagine they would probably just ignore it.”

As oppose to RIAA sending home users a letter telling the users they are criminals and demanding $5,000,000. That definitely got a good number of responses. Maybe that’s what the FTC should do.

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