• $100M Scamware: Creators of popular antivirus software, arrested.
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[quote]Three men are facing federal fraud charges for allegedly raking in more than US$100 million while running an illegal "scareware" business that tricked victims into installing bogus software. Two of the men, Bjorn Sundin and Shaileshkumar Jain, operated an antivirus company called Innovative Marketing, which sold products such as WinFixer, Antivirus 2008, Malware Alarm and VirusRemover 2008. The third man charged, James Reno, ran Byte Hosting Internet Services, the company that operated Innovative Marketing's call centers. The company's products generated so many consumer complaints that the FTC brought a civil action against Innovative Marketing and Byte Hosting in 2008, effectively putting them out of business. On Wednesday, a grand jury in Chicago handed down the criminal charges, meaning the three men now face jail time if convicted. Reno is expected to turn himself in for arraignment, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release Thursday. Authorities believe that Jain and Sundin are living in Ukraine and Sweden, respectively. In a September 2009 e-mail to the IDG News Service, Reno said he was a young and naïve businessmen who was taken advantage of by Innovative Marketing. "I made some mistakes, of course," he said, "however they kept us in the dark on a lot of their operation." According to prosecutors, Innovative Marketing set up fictitious advertising agencies that would buy online inventory from media companies, pretending to represent legitimate companies. They then pushed out ads with hidden computer code that generated scary-looking pop-up messages, designed to look like operating system errors or antivirus scans. The end result was always the same. To get rid of the pop-up warnings, users would have to buy Innovative Marketing's worthless software, prosecutors allege. Byte Hosting's call centers were then used to "deflect complaints from victims who purchased Innovative Marketing software products," the Department of Justice (DoJ) said. The scheme convinced victims in more than 60 countries to buy more than 1 million bogus programs, the DoJ said. [/quote] 3 down, more to go. I'm sick of these shit antivirus programs. [url=http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/052710-alleged-100m-scareware-sellers-facing.html]Src[/url]
The worst scamware you have to deal with is called Microsoft Windows :banjo: boxes ahoy [highlight](User was banned for this post ("Dumb" - SteveUK))[/highlight]
Excellent, there goes Antivirus 20XX
These fuckers ruined my computer once upon a time. Glad to see they're down.
Thank fuck. I got bored of having to uninstall it from my old aunt's laptop [editline]12:08AM[/editline] [QUOTE=TheLittleBus;22222579]These fuckers ruined my computer once upon a time. Glad to see they're down.[/QUOTE] To be honest, if you download it you deserve it. When did you fall victim?
Fucking finally. These fuck tards deserve to get anally raped every day they're in jail.
Assholes tricking internet retards.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;22222280]The worst scamware you have to deal with is called Microsoft Windows :banjo: boxes ahoy[/QUOTE] good god, at least put some effort into it.
That's surprising that they're American - I thought they'd be eastern European types
Ah, justice at last. Just another hundred thousand to go.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;22222280]The worst scamware you have to deal with is called Microsoft Windows :banjo: boxes ahoy[/QUOTE] No, you're obviously thinking of OS X. They over charge you for something that is worth half the value that you could make yourself.
[QUOTE=TheLittleBus;22222579]These fuckers ruined my computer once upon a time. Glad to see they're down.[/QUOTE] I got attacked by AntiVirus2008 Oh boy, never again, I hope they are forced to hit bricks with a pickaxe for the rest of their lives.
[QUOTE=Thomo;22222977]Oh boy, never again, I hope they are forced to hit bricks with a pickaxe for the rest of their lives.[/QUOTE] "It is hereby acknowledged in this court that you both are sentenced to 10 years hard labor - deleting spam emails from hotmail accounts".
[QUOTE=Thomo;22222977]I got attacked by AntiVirus2008 Oh boy, never again, I hope they are forced to hit bricks with a pickaxe for the rest of their lives.[/QUOTE] I hope they're hit with bricks and pickaxes for the rest of their lives.
[QUOTE=codenamecueball;22222585]Thank fuck. I got bored of having to uninstall it from my old aunt's laptop [editline]12:08AM[/editline] To be honest, if you download it you deserve it. When did you fall victim?[/QUOTE] He probably didn't download it voluntarily, these things will force their way onto your PC through exploits or malicious ads.
was this the "SCANNING YUR COMPUTER, OMG YU HAS THIS MANY VIRUS!" with the default windows XP color scheme 'scanning' window? my uncle fell for that, took the computer to geeksquad to fix. it popped up on my ubuntu once as well. if not, i have no idea what is being talked about here.
Maybe some day the developers of Norton Antivirus will be taken down. What a garbage program. A man can dream.
meh, a lot of the people who fall for this have it coming to them. They should learn a thing or two about "that machine they put their personal and bank details into"
If you are stupid enough to download a program called antivirus 2008 you deserve to be scammed.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;22222280]The worst scamware you have to deal with is called Microsoft Windows :banjo: boxes ahoy[/QUOTE] Oh dear, look how dumb you look now.
[QUOTE=Acesarge;22224156]If you are stupid enough to download a program called antivirus 2008 you deserve to be scammed.[/QUOTE] This. EDIT: 200 posts :fuckyou:
That's no accomplishment
I half expected it to be Norton :v:
You know, I was always rather suspicious of Norton's "let us save all your passwords, bank information, and more for you!" Theoretically, wouldn't it be easier to actually hack the anti-virus program and get the information that way than using something like a key logger? I'm not suggesting anyone actually do this, but come on! If you can't remember it, you probably shouldn't be using it. I have Avast now. Pretty happy with it. It doesn't even run scans in the middle of a fucking game.
They're fucking backdoor viruses, and they've infected my PC more than once. Thankfully, I've managed to get rid of them.
[QUOTE=hypno-toad;22223434]Maybe some day the developers of Norton Antivirus will be taken down. What a garbage program. A man can dream.[/QUOTE] I will implode with happiness once that shitty antivirus is killed.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;22222280]The worst scamware you have to deal with is called Microsoft Windows :banjo: boxes ahoy[/QUOTE] you're either a mac user or some retard who thinks he's awesome because he uses linux
[QUOTE=mrhippieguy;22223414]was this the "SCANNING YUR COMPUTER, OMG YU HAS THIS MANY VIRUS!" with the default windows XP color scheme 'scanning' window? my uncle fell for that, took the computer to geeksquad to fix. it popped up on my ubuntu once as well. if not, i have no idea what is being talked about here.[/QUOTE] Yeah, it's kind of like that, and it's super annoying. It'll keep telling you to put in your credit card info to upgrade it and get rid of all your "Viruses." It'll also severely fuck over your computer, constantly nagging you to enter in your credit card info, slowing down your computer majorly, and more. Glad to see these assholes got arrested. I hope more do get arrested.
[QUOTE=radioactive;22222845]No, you're obviously thinking of OS X. They over charge you for something that is worth half the value that you could make yourself.[/QUOTE] [Url=http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=&q=OS+X&rlz=1B3GGGL_enUS309US309&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1008026531584229476&ei=AaMATKW8DaT2MfSa0Ds&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q8wIwAg#]OS X[/Url] [Url=http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=&q=windows+7&rlz=1B3GGGL_enUS309US309&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=4979755892271826252&ei=JaMATJX-Moq6Nsb0nTs&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDUQ8wIwAg#]Windows 7[/Url] *cough*
I had Antivirus 2008. That fucker messed with my system 32 and registry. It took me 2 whole hours just to get rid of it.
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