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US shuts down 'scareware' sellers

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  1. Fergal1982

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    US shuts down 'scareware' sellers

    The US government has moved to shut down sellers of fake security software.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has won a restraining order that stops several sellers of "scareware" from continuing to trade.

    Millions of people are thought to have been caught out by the software which, once installed, issues false alerts about viruses and illegal porn.
    The FTC is pursuing further legal action to win a permanent ban on those peddling the scareware.

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    1. zebulebu
      And how are they supposed to shut them down when they operate outside US territory and US laws, moving their hosting from one country with lax or non-existent restrictions to another on a regular basis? Any US-based fraudware could be affected by this, but since the vast majority of it is run by organised Russian and East European gangs it won't work.

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