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FTC Kills Scareware Scam That Duped Over 1M Users 329

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-let-it-happen-to-you dept.
coondoggie writes "The Federal Trade Commission today got a court to at least temporarily halt a massive 'scareware' scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware, and pornography on consumers' computers. According to the FTC, the scheme has tricked more than one million consumers into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus. The court also froze the assets of Innovative Marketing, Inc. and ByteHosting Internet Services, LLC to preserve the possibility of providing consumers with monetary redress, the FTC stated."

Comment: What About Madden? (Score -1, Interesting) 332

by illuminata (#11390846) Attached to: ESPN And Electronic Arts Sign 15-Year Deal
From the article: "At least in the short term, Madden's name will stay on the pro football game, rather than being replaced by ESPN or another brand."

I think it would be kind of silly for them to ink a deal with ESPN but not with Madden's current employer ABC. Hell, they're owned by the same parent company (Disney) and Monday Night Football (and ABC show, of course) has already dabbled in the video game market.

I'd expect it of EA to make sure that they had the rights to use of the ABC properties as well, although it will be interesting to see if they somehow incorporate ESPN Sunday Night Football into the Madden franchise.
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Journal: Posting Blocked - Three Updates, Ban's Gone 1

Journal by illuminata

Well, it looks like I can't post because of too many negative moderations that were done by some people who don't like what I have to say. It's been happening for a while and it finally seems that they got their way...

But we'll see if we can't get this little hitch taken care of. If this journal post is indeed successful, I'll write responses by editing this entry.

Updates:

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Journal: Hopefully This Title Won't Get Changed... 2

Journal by illuminata
Well, turns out I ended up getting a story on the main page, entitled The Politics of the Video Game. However, that was not the one I chose for the story. The title I came up with was Are Politics in Video Games Plaguing Your Brain? The title that michael gave my article was the same as the linked article's subtitle.
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Journal: Angry Mod 10

Journal by illuminata
Wow, somebody's hitting up my comments. They went through certain recent posts of mine and started downmodding them on a few, using the overrated qualifier. I noticed it happening while they were working on it. It affected around three to four posts.

Well, to whomever might be doing it, have fun. Whatever floats your boat I guess.
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Journal: Your $rtbl Story 5

Journal by illuminata
Well, as I've been browsing around it seems that more and more people are dealing with the same situation that I am. A lot of those mods love to hammer people with opinions different than the majority with the $rtbl.
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Journal: Have I Been $rtbl'd? EDIT: It Seems So... 3

Journal by illuminata
Well, despite having excellent karma at the time of this post, I can't get any +1 posting bonus. Ever since I've enabled reporting of metamoderation results (not long after I was able to metamoderate), no results have been shown. I've never been able to moderate, yet I haven't been posting anywhere below neutral for quite some time.
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Journal: Time to Fix the Moderation System, Davey 10

Journal by illuminata
Lately, every post that I have made that ends up getting a score of five has been moderated down with the qualifier of overrated. I've felt this way for a while, but the overrated qualifier should be done away with.

In fairness, the underrated qualifier should go to. I think that if you are going to moderate a post, you should have a good reason.
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Journal: Fuck Slashdot 15

Journal by illuminata
Wow, leftist assholes (not claiming that all of you are assholes, now) who don't want to argue their opinion like to downmod you just because they disagree with you. I don't care where you stand in the political realm, do you really think it's fair that you get shut out of a conversation because you disagree with the Slashdot status quo? To see why I'm pissed, read my "Howard Dean's a pussy." Now, Slashdot won't let me comment anymore today because of their fucked up Karma model, but yet Anonym

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