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Pricewert allegedly hosted child porn and botnets among other illegal activities

Some of the biggest problems with the internet are spam, child porn, and other malicious activities. Many of the illegal activities are carried out by criminal groups that operate on the same servers or within the same ISP.

The FTC has announced that it has closed down one of the most notorious of the rogue ISPs operating in the U.S. called Pricewert LLC. According to the FTC Pricewert LLC does business under several names including 3FN and APS Telecom.

The ISP allegedly actively recruits and colludes with criminals that distribute illegal, malicious, and harmful electronic content. The content distributed on the ISP servers includes spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, and porn.

The FTC wrote in a statement, "The FTC alleges that the defendant advertised its services in the darkest corners of the Internet, including a forum established to facilitate communication between criminals."

Other allegations in the FTC complaint include that the ISP hosted botnets and the bot herder that controlled the botnets. These bot herders are the computers that relay commands to the compromised computers in the botnet.

Court documents in the case include IM transcripts of senior ISP employees talking about how to configure botnets with the bot herders. The court issued a temporary restraining order that required Pricewert's upstream providers to cut their servers off from the Internet and froze Pricewert assets.

The FTC has charged the defendants in the case with, "distribution of illegal, malicious, and harmful content and deployment of botnets that compromised thousands of computers caused substantial consumer injury and was an unfair practice, in violation of federal law."

The preliminary injunction hearing will be held on June 15.

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By adiposity on 6/5/2009 12:42:28 PM , Rating: 5
A "rouge ISP."


By UNHchabo on 6/5/2009 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 5
Boy, I bet Shane's face is red !

Ok, I'm done. :)

By mattclary on 6/5/09, Rating: -1
By Creig on 6/5/2009 1:06:10 PM , Rating: 5
I was thinking the "smae" thing. :)

By dbwells on 6/5/2009 1:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
Just in case Shane hasn't got it yet, the word is 'rogue'

By Spivonious on 6/5/2009 12:47:59 PM , Rating: 2
lol, it's in the article too.

By ockky on 6/5/2009 1:05:45 PM , Rating: 5
Too bad it wasn't one of the Black ISP's..."Black, that's the worst color there is, No offense Carl."

By sxr7171 on 6/5/2009 2:29:46 PM , Rating: 4
Seriously I thought it was a new term for dirty ISPs or it was the name of an ISP I'd never heard of before.

By bubbastrangelove on 6/5/2009 7:34:47 PM , Rating: 3
Someone doesn't play DDo :D

By brujogarza on 6/5/2009 11:42:08 PM , Rating: 3
hey guy, ever read the definitions of that word? who has the job writing here?

By lycium on 6/6/2009 6:55:46 AM , Rating: 4
Someone who shouldn't have it and has no editor?

BTW I've noticed that Jason Mick now has a unix-using buddy fix up his articles (differences in apostrophes), no more preschool spelling errors! :D

If these guys hosted child pornography...
By amanojaku on 6/5/2009 1:39:39 PM , Rating: 4
Then jail is too good for them. Every parent in the world should be allowed to beat the crap out of these guys. I'm not a parent and I want to beat the crap out of them.

RE: If these guys hosted child pornography...
By AlvinCool on 6/5/2009 2:31:57 PM , Rating: 3
He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm! Hanging's too good for him. Burning's too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

RE: If these guys hosted child pornography...
By dragonbif on 6/5/2009 3:14:50 PM , Rating: 5
How does that work? Wouldnt you be dead if you were torn into little bitsy pieces? You could bury them after but not alive.

This is way better... bury them and put in some of the worst ants in the world in there with them but completely safeguard their face with something so the ants cant suffocate them so they live longer.

By AlvinCool on 6/5/2009 3:22:55 PM , Rating: 2

It's a quote from the movie Heavy Metal

By TSS on 6/5/2009 3:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
giant hole in the ground. lots of food. lots of laxatives.

which was the outcome of a afternoon brainstorming on a lazy schoolday on what would be the sickest way to kill a human beeing. in honerance of the saw 3 movie release :P

although the dead pig grinder's close enough too.

By esandrs on 6/8/2009 11:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
Hey! I promised you 35,000 Zoolacs to testify on my behalf!

If its illegal....
By monkeyman1140 on 6/5/2009 4:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
It should get shut down. Cops will have to patrol the internet like they do the streets, because the world is full of malicious types who want to profit from the backs of honest hardworking people.

RE: If its illegal....
By EricMartello on 6/6/2009 2:52:33 AM , Rating: 3
Why is everyone who is victimized by some internet scam suddenly "honest and hardworking", as if to say that low-brow blue collar folk never lie, cheat or steal themselves. The more accurate assessment would be that the person was a moron for believing in something that was "too good to be true"...or the person was trolling warez/porn sites and got infected by a drive-by install - still, it's called anti-virus and they should be using it.

RE: If its illegal....
By Murloc on 6/6/2009 5:28:02 AM , Rating: 2
they wouldn't exist if there wasn't ppl requesting child porn...

One dead ISP...
By Beenthere on 6/5/2009 12:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
10,000+ to go.

RE: One dead ISP...
By Tsuwamono on 6/6/2009 2:10:18 AM , Rating: 2
Now if we can just get rid of comcast and time warner... lol

Rogue ISP
By btc909 on 6/6/2009 12:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
When was the shutdown. I noticed in the past two days my spam has been way down.

RE: Rogue ISP
By shortylickens on 6/7/2009 4:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
Thats funny. I noticed my child porn was way down.

I kid! I kid! No really. I'm so glad they worked their butts off to slow down something that will speed right back up in two weeks.

Wish the government could get the same results with drugs and weapons. That might actually make a difference.

By jackedupandgoodtogo on 6/5/2009 12:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
I thought "rouge" was intentional, but then he also (mis)spelled it that way in the article. LOL!

By skyyspam on 6/6/2009 11:56:13 AM , Rating: 2
"The content distributed on the ISP servers includes spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, and porn."

Hey, why is porn on that list of malevolent content? :(

i hate Grammar Naze's
By majBUZZ on 6/6/2009 8:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
The link pretty much sums up what would be my argument.

And i glad that they shut them down im all for free speech and expression, but i draw the line at child porn and fing malware.

Porn is not illegal??
By Clauzii on 6/7/2009 1:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
In the article it says:

"...includes spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, and porn ."

Shouldn't it be 'child porn' there?

It worked!
By cubby1223 on 6/8/2009 2:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
We host email for ~40 local businesses, and in the past week our levels of incoming spam have decreased in half! I'm not kidding. Now I don't know how much is directly related to this ISP shut down, but it probably is a good chunk of it.

Oh wow.
By Smilin on 6/5/09, Rating: -1
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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