Over the past week, behind the scenes, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been progressively locking down an ISP, until finally on the 6th of June, it got the plug pulled. See news item here: US cuts off ‘criminal’ net firm
Pricewert, the umbrella for firms such as 3FN.net & APS Telecom is charged with running and/or turning a blind eye to botnets, child porn, bestiality, spam rings and all the other shite that sticks to the sole of your shoe.
Amazingly, a ‘representative’, Max Christopher, thinks that he’s being victimised because he’s Ukrainian! (ees eet cos ahz black?) Er, no. He’s being victimised because of a long history of shite.
- Here’s one: Security Issue? Anyone know anything about APS Telecom? – from 2004!
- Here’s another: A spammer using a “sleeper” account – started 2004, activated 2006
- And another: Reporting abuse to APS Telecom/3FN? Your wasting your time – from 2008, ignored repeated complaints about IP abuse
The FTC charge sheets are extremely interesting, although lengthy, reading. Someone from Max’s office was caught arranging a botnet in an ICQ channel over an extended period. “No problem” was his words, although “it may take some time” were some others.
An intesting take, for me, is to found when checking up on Webhosting performance. The Webhosting review sites are a notorious haven of self-promotion and fibs which has made it very difficult for me to decide on a decent webhost – my current one has too many dropouts for my liking. Check this review of 3FN.net. There are two extremely positive reviews from somone called Yanski at firstname.lastname@example.org and another from email@example.com One from firstname.lastname@example.org gives a more realistic review especuially after reading about attacks and portscans on other sites! Like I’m going to believe someone with a .ru email address? Do you know how much .ru spam and comment spam shite I get?
As an example of a naff fibby review, try this one from top10dedicatedhosting.com for example. When talking about 3FN in this over-the-top puff, they say, “10 year of flawless reputation and excellent web hosting services makes the company the most reliable and respectful web hosting provider.”
Then compare and contrast to the various unpaid-for and unsolicited comments above. Need I say more?
Free Software Magazine Whinges
One final thing on this topic. There’s a post here by the big-girl’s-blouse of a website called Free Software Magazine. Apparently, they got taken offline by the FTC because their host was 3FN and they’re stamp-their-feet really annoyed. They see it as a freedom thing and there’s no court case thing…
I see it differently. I see SpamHaus, a reputable organisation helping the FTC clear the sewers. I use the Spamhaus SBL. Spamhaus’s information which they laboriously collate for anyone to use, was a key ingredient in the top judge closing the company down. The nature of botnets and elctronic information in general, is that they travel at just below the speed of light. 24 hours as FSM claim would be okay is just far too long. Spamhaus has a book on these scum. I myself, with a 15min purge in Google have found copius evidence that they’re a bag of shite. So FSM, grow up. The internet isn’t broken, just a node went down. There is no god-given right that all nodes should stay up at all times. It’s the nature of the beast, so plan for it.
I also see cheapskate FSM writing about FREE software and whingeing about not making money. The irony probably hasn’t hit them just yet.. Speaking of which, it’s just inspired my next posting called “The World’s Worst Oxymorons”!
Added 8 June 2009: As of 8 June, they’re still carrying the 3FN advert… You know, sometimes you just have to be more pro-active, spot a lemon for what it is and move on.
Now check out the full FTC file on 3FN and their compatriots. The pdfs are the actual court documents.
- https://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923148/0906043fnmemotro.pdf – check pages 7 & 8 for the ICQ log with the botnet discussion. It’s a right rivetting read.