The Federal Trade Commission has shut down rogue website 3FN this week after discovering that the owners had been carrying out phishing attacks and traded images of child abuse.
The operators of 3FN have had their servers seized by the FTC and have been ordered to pay back the £750,000 they have reportedly made operating and hosting criminal sites.
Legal action began against 3FN in June 2009, when the FTC accused the site of "actively colluding" in criminal activity to distribute malware as well as holding a library of 4500 malicious programmes.
The site has been involved in distributing viruses, Trojans and spyware and had helped various groups sell obscene illegal images. Not only this, but the site provided an area for spammers to share tips and tricks of the trade.
Now the FTC has won a court order to ensure that the company not only stop trading but also have their hardware confiscated and sold on as the company is dismantled.
Net users are being warned to stay clear of anything associated with 3FN including its alias companies: including Triple Fiber Network, Pricewert LLC, 3FN.net, , APS Telecom and APX Telecom.
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