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News: Malware victim tries in vain to punish its source

March 31st 2008 in Uncategorized

It has been reported that Joseph Bochner’s lawsuit against a some people allegedly behind the distribution of “Winfixer” type software has been dropped.

I have correspondeded several times with Joseph over the past year or so, and am disappointed for him.  You’ll see from the article that one of the accused, James Reno, was never served and as for the other one, Marc Cohen, well, he simply ignored the lawsuit and didn’t file an answer to the complaint.

Note this paragraph:

“The files indicated that WinAntiVirus sales figures averaged about $10,000 a day, and during one month, daily revenue reached about $30,000 – about 1,000 people a day duped into paying for something they didn’t need. Collectively, that meant the alleged scammers were taking in at least a few million dollars per year from WinAntiVirus alone.”

I have heard *unconfirmed* reports that the Winfixer type software (that is, the fraudware family as a whole, not just Reno and Cohen alone) could have pulled in as much as $130 million.  That’s a hell of a lot of cash.

cite: http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_8668679?nclick_check=1
cite: http://origin.mercurynews.com/business/ci_8668679

One comment to...
“News: Malware victim tries in vain to punish its source”

j davis

I was infected with this malicious program last year and it caused no small expense and lost work. I even thought of going to Cincinnati and waiting outside James Reno’s office with a baseball bat. I probably should have done it since it is obvious that law ‘enforcement’ is not interested in protecting us. This is a real shame. I was hoping to see Reno and Cohen impoverished and now they are laughing all the way to the bank. If anyone is interested I have James Reno’s phone and address, and email address. We could all call him and flood him with emails. He has been a cybercriminal for years.

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