Regulators Shut Down Computer Tech Support Scam "Largest" in Decade

Targets would get phone calls claiming to be representatives from places like Microsoft and then get users to grant them remote access, charging hundreds to remove non-existent malware

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other international regulatory authorities today said they shut down a global criminal network that bilked tens of thousands of consumers by pretending to be tech support providers.

Regulators from five countries joined together in an operation to crack down on a series of companies orchestrating one of the most widespread Internet scams of the decade.