"After years of actively recruiting and colluding with cyber
crooks to distribute spyware, viruses, botnet command-and-control
servers and child pornography, a district court judge this week
ordered the permanent closure of 3FN, a rogue Internet service
provider that's been in the Federal Trade Commission's crosshairs
for more than a year.
"3FN, which operated under a number of different names under a
private holding company called Pricewart, had all of its servers
and other assets seized in the past year after the FTC successfully
convinced the district judge in Northern California to issue a
temporary restraining order against the ISP.
"The court order also requires 3FN to turn over more than $1
million in what the court described as ill-gotten gains to the