Fathers and sons usually go fishing or watch a football game, but deceiving unsuspecting people with rouge security applications? Well, one father-and-son duo will now pay over $8 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission – with that money to be used to reimburse victims of their scam.
Marc D’Souza, the son, and Maurice D’Souza, the father, are among seven people connected to two companies that operated under numerous aliases used to promote products such as Antivirus 2008, Antivirus XP, Drive Cleaner and Winfixer – with advertising designed to pop up on the screen and emulate a system scan telling consumers that they had multiple security problems that they could fix.
The advert emulated the Windows XP design – unfortunately, browsers now add address bars and toolbars to new pop-up windows, making it more harder to fool.
Marc D’Souza, as part of the settlement, will give up $8.2 million in ill-gotten gains.
Source: GFI Labs