FTC Shuts Down Net Provider for ‘Criminal’ Content

The Federal Trade Commission shut down a large Internet Service Provider for the first time, alleging that the firm recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates in the distribution of spam, child pornography, and other harmful electronic content, according to a FTC press release.

This is the first time that the US government has filed such an injunction against an ISP.

They are notorious, FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz told the Financial Times UK. Almost anything that you can find that harms consumers on the internet, this ISP was involved in.

The FTC alleges that Pricewert, which, according to the BBC, has servers in the US but is registered in Bolivia,
actively recruits and colludes with criminals seeking to distribute illegal, malicious, and harmful electronic content including child pornography, spyware, viruses, trojan horses, phishing, botnet command and control servers, and pornography featuring violence, bestiality, and incest and has ignored or circumvented requests to take down such material.

The massive computer fraud case against Pricewert was complied with help from NASA’s computer crime devision, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; The Shadowserver Foundation; Symantec Corporation; and The Spamhaus Project.

A preliminary injunction hearing has been scheduled for June 15, the FTC said.


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