by Carlo Longino

Filed Under:
scams, spyware

Porn Shakedown Company Takes Its Business Model And Moves On

from the good-riddance dept

Last year, a company called Platte Media came to light in the UK, after it started running a slightly bizarre spyware extortion scheme. The company would suck users in with a site promising licensed blockbuster movies, then take users through a registration process that involved installing some adware on their PCs. It didn't actually have the movies, just some trailers, and drove users to pornographic content. If users didn't cancel the "trial" they'd unwittingly agreed to in the process, they'd start getting popups on their screen, demanding payment of subscription fees. But the company has now shut up shop in the UK, though it's not clear if it's because the company wasn't properly paying taxes or because of scrutiny from the country's Office of Fair Trading. The company says it's pulled out for business reasons, but nobody will likely care too much, as long as it just goes away.

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