Judge Permanently Shuts Down ISP Catering to Spam, Porn

By Grant Gross, IDG News

A U.S. district court judge has ordered the permanent closure of an Internet service provider long accused of hosting and distributing spam, spyware, child pornography and other illegal content, at the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Judge Ronald Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose has ordered that the computer servers and other assets owned by Pricewert, doing business as 3FN.net, be sold by a court-appointed receiver. Whyte also ordered the company to turn over US$1.08 million in illegal profits to the FTC, according to court documents.

Whyte’s orders, dated April 8, were made public by the FTC Wednesday.

Several security experts supported the FTC’s case against 3FN, Whyte wrote in a disgorgement order. “These experts had analyzed data derived from internet searches which establish that defendant, an internet service provider, was engaged in widespread illegal activity,” he wrote. “There seems to be little doubt from the information provided that Pricewert functioned primarily as an internet service provider for illegal activity.”

There were a “relatively small number of apparently legitimate customers” of the company, Whyte wrote.

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