[ISN] FTC Shuts Down 'Worst ISP In U.S.'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 04:05:16 -0500 (CDT)

By Thomas Claburn
June 4, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said that it had shut down a 
rogue Internet service provider that knowingly hosted and actively 
distributed child pornography, malware, and spam.

Pricewert LLC, which does business under several names, including 3FN 
and APS Telecom, had its Internet connection terminated on Tuesday by 
order of a San Jose, Calif., district court judge, at the request of the 
FTC. A hearing on the temporary restraining order is scheduled for June 

According to court documents in support of the temporary restraining 
order, Gary Warner, director of computer forensics research at the 
University of Alabama at Birmingham, believes that following the 
shutdown of McColo and Atrivo/Intercage last year, Pricewert "is now the 
worst ISP located in the United States in terms of hosting malicious 

The only entity named in the case is Pricewert. Ethan Arenson, an 
attorney with the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said that the 
individuals behind the company are overseas in Eastern Europe. He 
declined to comment on a possible extradition effort or coordination 
with authorities abroad.


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