Logs were indexed and archived each month, and most customers used the service to keep tabs on multiple computers in several countries.
Also, running a simple online search for some of the user emails ([email protected], for example) turned up complaints related to a variety of lottery, dating, reshipping and confidence scams.The site was so poorly locked down that it also exposed the keylog records that customers kept on the service.Also known as “advance fee” and “Nigerian letter” scams, 419 schemes have been around for many years and are surprisingly effective at duping people. residents working in Nigeria or Ghana, asking for money to further their studies, care for sick relatives, or some such sob story.The schemes themselves violate Section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code, hence the name. More traditionally, these miscreants pretend to be an employee at a Nigerian bank or government institution and claim to need your help in spiriting away millions of dollars.At issue is a service named “Best Recovery” (recently renamed Private Recovery).
When I first became aware of this business several months ago, I had a difficult time understanding why anyone would pay the $25 to $33 per month fee to use the service, which is visually quite amateurish and kludgy (see screenshot at right).