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    U.S. Government Confiscates Hosting Company

    The article is titled Feds Shut Down 'Criminal' Internet Service Provider, but it really looks more like a hosting company was seized.
    The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it has ordered the shutdown of a company called Pricewert LLC, described in a complaint filed in San Jose, Calif., federal court as an Oregon-based shell company run by "overseas criminals", operating out of Belize and running many its illegal operations out of servers in Silicon Valley.

    Pricewert, which operated the "Triple Fiber Network" or "3FN," wasn't the type of Internet service that average consumers would see or sign up for.

    Instead, the service was advertised "in the darkest corners of the Internet" and was targeted at criminals who want to put malicious Web sites online, but need the servers and bandwidth to do it, according to the complaint.
    The moral of this story? If you're going blackhat, host your stuff overseas.
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    Well said, too bad for those guys who ran Pricewert, they learn their lesson the hard way.

    My question though, is blackhat hosting really that profitable that they ventured into it or that was only for kicks.

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    Theres a difference between black-hat and criminal and I think its important that people understand that.

    Black-hat is what is considered morally wrong but not against laws such as black-hat SEO, or black-hat promotion methods (cookie stuffing/dropping etc etc). Usually the only punishment for getting caught being black hat is account closures, and pending funds held.

    Criminal means that some law has been broken that has a punishment to it such as jail time, fines or both.

    If they were doing "criminal" activities then they are idiots for doing it in the USA, either living here, or hosting here, and should have known better that the USA doesn't care about freedoms any more than I do the gum on the bottom of my shoes. Like there is this vBulletin scammer
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    Quote Originally Posted by noone View Post
    too bad for those guys who ran Pricewert, they learn their lesson the hard way.
    From what I read you shouldnt feel bad for them as they were the cause
    Pricewert, which operated the "Triple Fiber Network" or "3FN,"
    conversations between 3FN employees and customers that formed the basis of some of the FTC's allegations.
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    Theres a difference between black-hat and criminal and I think its important that people understand that.
    One thing I see with that is black-hat cookie stuffing is illegal if done for money as Shawn Hogan and a few others are dealing with these alleged activities now in Ca courts.
    Personally I see all black-hat as illegal as its a way to cheat or defraud a system like the SERP's, or getting money by beating the system and not earning it as intended. Exploiting weaknesses to benefit your own pockets

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