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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