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US consumer watchdogs at the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit against rogue security software distributors on reduced terms. James Reno and ByteHosting Internet Services were found responsible for distributing scareware products that used underhanded methods. The scam foisted software of no utility on the …

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Useless, overpriced software. Trivial fines.

Are you quite sure you didn't mix them up with Microsoft?

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Grenade

What they should get

Is at least six months in a federal supermax prison. And we all know what a couple of nice soft white collar criminals would get in there. What they deserve!

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not a deterrent

"The defendants - found responsible for tricking more than a million punters into buying rogue products including WinAntivirus, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus - were ordered to pay $1.9m last year. ... Reno pleaded poverty, so the FTC has agreed to take $116K to settle the case ... the whole scam might have easily netted more than $50m ... [$116K] is only a tiny percentage of this and therefore not much of a deterrent against future would-be scareware moguls."

I'd go further than that. I would say that this "settlement" will actually encourage others to do the same thing. This is further proof that crime most certainly does pay, and it pays very well. This is also further proof that the FTC is nothing but an ineffectual bureaucracy which should be shut down (as if the Rambus issue didn't show that well enough). I find this "settlement" more insulting than ignoring the issue entirely.

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Welcome

I for one

welcome a spinless FTC overlord that's willing to settle for mere pennies on the dollar.

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Grenade

HAHA

Stealing a $0.99 cent song from a corporation = $80,000, stealing a regular persons money and time $0.10

we understand your message loud and clear. I for one do not welcome our government corporate lackey overlords.

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FAIL

No title required

Swindle people out of millions with fake software: $116 thou

Upload a few songs to share: $1.92 Million

Justice_System = FAIL;

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Unhappy

Blast!

Having removed countless counterfeit 'you have a virus, pay us to remove it' scams from friend's PCs I would have hoped that they would have the book thrown at them for pure and simple theft, i.e. 'obtaining money by deception'.

I believe that in the US this can be an average 12 month prison sentence, usually deferred (with a fine of full earnings from the scam), but would at least make other scammers cautious about such activities.

Another [FAIL] for our overlords protecting the unwary from online scammers :(

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White collar crime and punishment, American style

The verdict: guilty

The sentence: promise not to do it again

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Pirate

Great News

Anyone want ot join me writing the next "Oooh Noos your PC is gonna go bang" application?

Apparently as long as we budget 10% to pay off the courts we'll be fine and that still leaves a massive margin for profit and win

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Paris Hilton

I don't get it...

I don't get the U.S. justice system. They're paying roughly twice the amount Jammie Thomas will pay. And it's not that unlikely that they made a seven- or eight-digit profit from this. WTF?

What's the message here? Crime pays, but only if you do it by the millions?

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Pirate

Profitable Business Model

White collar crime does pay in Amerika!

Once again, I am proud of our US legal system, where justice is available to all who can afford it.

1)steal millions $$$

2)pay a fraction % in fines and legal

3)profit

4)repeat... unless you promised not to. *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

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