"3FN and APS Telecom were just two of the names that Pricewert
operated under, and the FTC claims that the company advertised its
services "on the darkest corners of the Internet, including a forum
established to facilitate communication between criminals." In
addition to peddling malware and spyware, Pricewert served up porn
featuring not only children, but violence, bestiality, and
"The FTC even claims to have IM logs showing Pricewert's senior
employees discussing the configuration of botnets with "bot
herders," helping the ISP to control more than 4,500 malicious
programs. The company apparently made efforts to shield its
clientele and activities by moving IP addresses frequently and by
ignoring takedown requests. As a result of the company's illegal
activities, the FTC charged Pricewert with the distribution of
illegal, malicious, and harmful content."
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