Rogue Anti-Virus Vendors Settle with FTC for $8.2 Million
The FTC says Marc D'Souza and Maurice D'Souza sold more than a million fake anti-virus products.
Two men who tricked Internet users into paying for software to fix supposedly infected PCs have agreed to pay $8.2 to settle a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
"Marc D'Souza and his father, Maurice D'Souza, will give up the money in the settlement, announced Thursday by the FTC," writes Computerworld's Grant Gross.
"The defendants in the case, doing business under several company names including Innovative Marketing and ByteHosting Internet Services, falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware and illegal pornography on consumers' computers, the FTC said," Gross writes. "The defendants sold more than 1 million software products, with names such as Winfixer, Drive Cleaner and Antivirus XP, to remove the malware the bogus scans had supposedly detected, the agency added."
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