Major scamware creator fined $163 million by U.S. authorities

By Rick · 29 replies
Oct 4, 2012
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  1. Software scam artist Kristy Ross has been fined $163 million by U.S. authorities for running an unscrupulous "scareware" operation. The Federal Trade Commission had been following Ross since 2008 in hopes of closing in on her dealings and the judgment includes...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    I've spent more time cleaning up friends and relatives hard drives of those "utilities" - more often than not having to a complete reformat and clean install of OS and all programs to get rid of that crap.

    She also needs 163 million years in jail to go along with that fine.
    pounder likes this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,287

    LOL, I love how the fed's first move is to help themselves to the ill-gotten gains, with no word on whether the criminals will have to pay back their victims.
    9Nails and BlueDrake like this.
  4. This will sound HORRIBLE but its true but if I could do this I would and take off to a 3rd world country and retire. I am willing to bet any amount of money, 99% of you would do it too.
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    That spyware is the worst worst worst!
  6. What about life rotting in JAIL for her BS! and paying each one of us hundreds of $$$ for the mess
    pounder likes this.
  7. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,264   +436

    I wouldn't do that.

    Third world countries are generally more corrupt than first world countries. You would last maybe a week before they chopped you up in to pieces once they found out how much you were worth :p
  8. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    You've obviously haven't been to a third world country if you would move there with that much money.
  9. Where does all that money Go? Back to the victims?
  10. Fined $163 million?? that's not fair.. This guy should at least fined about $1 billion and return money to the victims about at least three times!
  11. SCJake

    SCJake TS Rookie Posts: 80

    "technologically Sophisticated"
    "believed to be the mind behind..."

    One of these things just doesn't belong here!

    Flag on the play, Shenanigans on the suspect
  12. "You've obviously haven't been to a third world country if you would move there with that much money."

    I couldn't agree more, Ramonsterns - the shops just aren't up to scratch...
    pounder likes this.
  13. There are multiple victims with this scam, the ones who paid money for a bogus product, the ones who realized it was bogus and paid someone to remove it and the IT folks who had to remove this as part of their jobs. It’s a shame that so many people take advantage of others when they could put that energy toward helping others.
  14. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    It is so wrong for me to laugh at this but I found it funny :)
  15. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Worse then anything it was a "small" scam. Meaning that I have seen similar scams and the "removal" cost hundreds. I mean most ppl wouldnt think twice about $40-$60 to fix thier PC. Thats the brilliance behind all this. It was innoculous. Its was such a tiny amount of cash that ppl believed it was a real company providing a service for them. I will give the Lady props for the scheme, however she needs to pay back all those victims, and spend a little time in club fed.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    She needs to give all the money back, all 163 million of it... imho ...
  17. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    Now I am curious to see what she look like. is she all fat and ugly like Jubba the hutt?
  18. lna2000

    lna2000 TS Rookie

    The real answer to stop these criminals; express lane to a death penalty.
    After the first couple of thousand are eliminated, maybe the rest will get the message.
    Society is way to soft on penalties to criminals.
    This is not some kid in the basement, this is real criminal activity and should be treated as such.
  19. pounder

    pounder TS Rookie

    Ditto!, Anybody have Names of The Software Discovered,?, I have spent my Life since 1979,&MS-Dos, trying crapout, that is a total waste of money, then forever cleaning registries,& eventually wiping HDD's, Newest example Last Night Tried Acronis Trial of 2013, again Crap!
  20. pounder

    pounder TS Rookie

    Plus interest,or Double what was hosed originally!
  21. pounder

    pounder TS Rookie

    Try, Belizw, Monaco,hell, even Dubai, & Kuwait, everybody is a billionaire, or trillionaire there!
  22. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I appreciate your sentiment, however youre forgetting that those are real ppl you are talking about. They may have commited a crime, but thats no excuse for taking thier life. Some are crimes of passion, some are convicted wrongfully. I would hate to think that if the situations were reversed and I myself was in jail/death row, that there would be others out there who although they wouldnt know me, would fight for my rights as a human being. Putting this Lady to death solves nothing except to make ppl "feel" better. I do not qualify that as a reason to put anyone to death.
  23. Criminals robbing criminals.. that's all I see here.
  24. Taycat

    Taycat TS Rookie Posts: 50

    It took me a sec to get what you were talking about, oh my. I couldn't agree with you more.
  25. @Ina2000 lane to a death penalty? you need to learn about law

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