What is wrong with the FTC?
This recent news article "Two Men Get Five Years For Sending Pornographic Spam" gets lots of coverage, which is fine and the culprits got what they deserve. However the FTC announced on Oct. 1 - "FTC Permanently Halts Media Motor Spyware Scam" which if you really look at the details of the settlement ... you have to ask yourself "What's wrong with the FTC"
The Spammers get over 5 yrs in jail and were fined $100,000, ordered to pay $77,500 to AOL, and will forfeit over $1.1 million in illegal proceeds from their spam operation.
While the "MediaMotors" gang who infected 15 million computers gets fined $330,000 out of $3.6 million, the total revenue from the alleged scam, the FTC said. Media Motor, once downloaded, added software that changed consumers' home pages, tracked their Internet activity, altered browser settings, degraded computer performance and disabled antispyware and antivirus software, the FTC said. [source]
What a joke! ... spam my inbox and you get jail time ... infect my machine and you get fined roughly 10% of the ill-gotten gains. Huh? that type of fine is nothing more than another meager cost of doing business.