FTC Shut Down of Rogue ISP Has Far Reaching Implications

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-06-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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BLOG: The Federal Trade Commission's action to shut down Pricewert, an alleged rogue ISP, could signal a change in standards for what carriers and ISPs should do to clean up the Internet of security threats.

If the volume of spam hitting your inbox this weekend is down, you have the Federal Trade Commission to thank. On June 5, the FTC received a temporary restraining order to shut down Pricewert, a San Jose Internet service provider suspected of harboring spammers, peddlers of child pornographers and botnets.

Many ISPs are inadvertently hosting spam servers, and undoubtedly hosting many multiple more machines infected with bots, or malicious applications that take control of the host PC or server and uses it as a platform for spreading virus and spam emails. But what the FTC accuses Pricewert of is coordinating with "bot hurders" for the creation and control of more than 4,500 malicious applications on far flung machines.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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