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Security The Almighty Buck The Courts Apple

MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action Suit 41

jfruh writes: If you use a Mac, you probably recognize MacKeeper from the omnipresent popup ads designed to look vaguely like system warnings urging you to download the product and use it to keep your computer safe. Now the Ukranian company behind the software and the ads may have to pay millions in a class action suit that accuses them of exaggerating security problems in order to convince customers to download the software.
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MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action Suit

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    macs and mac users are prone to the same shady marketing gimmicks and software as windows users? no way. say it isn't so.

    next thing you're gonna say they get viruses too? wtf is this world coming to?

  • That's it? (Score:5, Funny)

    by mbone ( 558574 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2015 @06:43PM (#49633869)

    They might get fined? That's it?

    Can't they be sent to the Eastern Front to fight the Russians?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      With the aggression the Russians are showing under Putin, give it a couple more years and Russia comes to them.
    • You do realize that MacKeeper is a Russian product, right? Amusingly, Kaspersky is the one AV outfit that outright blocks them.

      MacKeeper works via the partnerka system -- affiliate downloads. Many of their affiliates are from the Russian underworld, and own other properties such as porn and warez sites.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        MacKeeper = Ukrainian

        Kaspersky = Russian

    • Re:That's it? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by NoKaOi ( 1415755 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2015 @07:35PM (#49634149)

      They might get fined? That's it?

      Exactly, "exaggerating security problems" - yeah, how about fraud?

      Can't they be sent to the Eastern Front to fight the Russians?

      In the USA, they would be given an award and probably sue Apple based on a patent titled "METHOD OF ALERTING USERS TO SECURITY PROBLEMS ON A COMPUTER."

  • Any chance they can do something about all those other fraudulent ads?

  • by CrimsonAvenger ( 580665 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2015 @07:32PM (#49634131)

    Class Action Suit filed in PA.

    Good luck getting company in Ukraine to cough up any money. It's not like they're part of the EU or something....

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      <i>In April 2013, ZeoBIT, which now lists its headquarters as Sunnyvale, California, sold MacKeeper to a company called Kromtech Alliance Corp. Kromtech was closely affiliated with ZeoBIT in Ukraine, and many employees of ZeoBIT transferred to the company, which lists its headquarters as Cologne, Germany.</i>

      It is exactly like this. And even without it, having this lawsuit settled is cue enough.
      • by qpqp ( 1969898 )
        Good, so since ZeoBIT is in Cologne and Germany's not in the US either, why should they care about a lawsuit in PA again?
        • How hard is it to read four lines of text? ZeoBIT is in California and it cares enough to send a lawyer to court, to give up and to agree to put 2 million dollars to the compensation fund. Let me repeat it again: California, settled, 2 million dollars.
          • by qpqp ( 1969898 )
            I, of course, meant to say Kromtech. No need to go all East-Ukraine-ATO on me. You could have caught that yourself, even if it was a mistake on my part, since you were the one mentioning Cologne. ;)
            • by DRJlaw ( 946416 )

              Kromtech continues to market the program aggressively and participated at the Macworld conference last year and the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas.

              I'm guessing Kromtech would like to continue to market in the United States, not have its representatives entangled in in hearings for violating the injunction(s) that will inevitably be sought, and not have any property that enters into or is within the U.S. seized in attempts to satisfy a default judgment against them.

              But what do I know...

              • by qpqp ( 1969898 )
                Ah that's interesting, they participate in trade shows... Should've RTFA, I guess. They could just do everything online and not have representatives in the US, as they're shady at best anyway, though.
  • Yes please (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Trogre ( 513942 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2015 @09:15PM (#49634673) Homepage

    If this pans out perhaps we can get legal precedence against the horrible online ads that tell you there were 349856 problems detected with your computer.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      If this pans out perhaps we can get legal precedence against the horrible online ads that tell you there were 349856 problems detected with your computer.

      The MacKeeper ads I see plainly advertise MacKeeper as trying to fix the problems, not the fake-popups that scream 6t2987629 problems were detected like on Windows...

      Still, it's funny when I see the ads and they say to run their tool. My Mac is so ancient that it's not even running a compatible version of OS X. (Not really Apple's fault here. It's 12 years

  • Sounds like the standard make $10m in revenue, pay $1m in fines, make $9m in profit. And no one actually goes to jail.

  • That's brilliant!

    Can we sue Mindspring next?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I think download.com and Google's banner ads should be hit the same way with all the deceptive "download" ads that look too much like the download button you're supposed to click.

  • How about they also sue out of existence the 10000000000000000000000 companies doing it on Windows systems too? Or just have Obama order a drone strike on Perion headquarters in Redmond, Washington. That ought to to send the right message to scumbag companies like this.
  • Never seen 'em.

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