Feeds

Software pirate gets seven years

iBackups sunk

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The owner of one of the largest software piracy websites in the US has been handed a record sentence of seven years in prison.

Nathan Peterson, who ran the illegal website iBackups, copied and sold upwards of $20m worth of computer software. He used Google ad words extensively to help generate visits to his website.

High-profile victims included software giants Macromedia (now Adobe) and Symantec. The iBackups website claimed it sold legal copies of backup software. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had been tracking illegal activity on the website since 2003.

Typically, software pirates get an average of 22 months in prison. But the hefty sentence dished out to Peterson last Friday by the US District Court in Alexandria reflects the amount of damage caused – nearly double the average software piracy case.

Peterson pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal copyright infringement last December. At the Court appearance he also agreed to pay the huge sum of $5.4m in restitution, eight times the average fine.

Keith Kupferschmid of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), who first alerted the FBI to iBackups, said the sentence "sends a message to those who illegally copy and sell software that they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law".

In related news, a study carried out by the SIIA on software piracy from 2000 to the present day found the typical profile of a cyber criminal - a California man aged 35. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.