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Windows 7: Scareware pusher loses appeal against epic $163 million fine

05 Mar 2014   #1

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Scareware pusher loses appeal against epic $163 million fine

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is celebrating what it calls a "huge victory for consumers", after an appeal court threw out an attempt to overturn a massive fine imposed on Kristy Ross, a former representative of scareware marketing firm Innovative Marketing Inc. (IMI) which pushed fake security products such as WinFixer and XP Antivirus.
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09 Mar 2014   #2

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I wondering if the FTC could of also used this.

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Under RICO, a person who has committed "at least two acts of racketeering activity" drawn from a list of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period, if such acts are related in one of four specified ways to an "enterprise," can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of "racketeering activity." RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such racketeers to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages).
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