Articles about Counterfeit Goods

If you can't buy bootleg gear online in New York, this may be why

Usenix Enigma A university sleuth investigating online bootleggers has spoken of his research into counterfeit markets – including revealing the moment he accidentally blocked off a chunk of Manhattan to scammers. Understanding the money trail behind illicit internet businesses has been a passion of Damon McCoy, an assistant professor of …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2016

Brazilian whacks: as economy tanks, cyber-crooks samba

Brazil's economy may be hurtling towards recession but its online criminal underground is booming with wannabe hackers and carders racing to get a cut, research finds. Trend Micro's work is the latest in a series of papers it has published in recent months that examine regional online crime economies including North America, …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jan 2016
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Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

A band of merry world police lead by the United States Customs and Border Protection service shut down 37,479 copyright-infringing websites hawking counterfeit goods in the lead up to the Cyber Monday buying blitz. The takedown involved varying forms of collaboration between 27 countries including the Britain, France, Denmark …
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2015

Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

A London-based criminal outfit suspected of flogging $10m (£6.6m) in counterfeit Cisco networking gear to the US has been arrested by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Three men aged 38, 36 and 35, were arrested last week by City police on suspicion of running the counterfeit business. An …
Kat Hall, 07 May 2015

Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

The US government is looking to shame China and India for their lax attitudes toward intellectual property law enforcement. The office of US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman said in its annual Special 301 report [PDF] that the two Asian nations were among the worst at snuffing out counterfeit goods. The two …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2015
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Knockoff knockdown: Euro cops shutter 300 'counterfeit' domains

Nearly 300 domain names flogging illegal merch have been seized by Europol as part of a global crackdown on sites selling counterfeit goods before Christmas. Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, seized 292 …
Kat Hall, 02 Dec 2014
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ITU thought bubble ponders mass mobe-tracking to kill fake IT

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week meet to consider the issue of “counterfeit and substandard ICT products” and what can be done about them, but some of the proposals on the table look more than a little worrying. Notice of the meeting was posted in late September, when the ITU announced next week's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2014
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Harper review says ACCC telco functions need new regulator

The federal government is considering a competition review that suggests ditching the current telco competition regulator in favour of a new body. Key to the telecommunications reforms is the ACCC's more general role in regulating access to monopoly infrastructure, which also covers rail, ports and the like. In the …

Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Yet again, someone who should know better appears to be hyping up the size of the so-called “darkweb” to push an agenda. As reported by TorrentFreak, the remarks were made to the IP Enforcement Summit in London. According to that report, among other things, Commissioner Adrian Leppard of City of London Police said: “Whether it’ …

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

The Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) have said they're very concerned about standards budgets in England and Wales being slashed by an average of 40 per cent. While TSI is worried about the next horse-meat scandal or children being harmed by counterfeit toys if trading …

China cuffs 60,000 pirates in 2013 crackdown

Police in China arrested just shy of 60,000 people suspected of copyright abuses last year, in cases worth 173 billion yuan (£17bn). A total of 59,222 perps involved in 55,180 cases were cuffed in 2013, according to Ministry of Public Security stats revealed by state-run newswire Xinhua. Some 1,260 criminal networks were …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014

Customs cops shutter 700+ domains in global anti-piracy blitz

Customs officers and cops across the globe have teamed up to take down over 700 domains selling pirated goods over the busy Thanksgiving holiday sales weekend. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) team joined forces with Europol and Hong Kong Customs to seize top level domains …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Dec 2013

City of London cops ARREST 6 suspected to be MICROSOFT COUNTERFEIT RING

The cops have cuffed six people from Barton-upon-Humber and the surrounding area on suspicion of flogging counterfeit Microsoft gear online, the City of London (CoL) police has confirmed. The arrests which took place last Thursday (21 November) were all part of the national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit investigation …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

The UK Border Force's inefficient use of technology is one reason it's failing to carry out enough customs checks or detections of illegal immigrants, according to the National Audit Office. The NAO said in a report that border staff managed to cut immigration queue times down during the London Olympics, but only at the …

US and China make major bilateral anti-piracy bust

US and Chinese customs officials have joined together on a bilateral anti-piracy blitz that has seen over 240,000 fake electrical items confiscated. The combined operation came as a result of recent talks between the two countries in which they agreed to work together to stem the flood of pirated goods flowing from China – where …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Aug 2013

Google and fellow ad-slingers PROMISE to starve pirates of oxygen

The Internet's big brands are volunteering to try and withhold advertising dollars from piracy-related Web sites, and have linked arms with the White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to promote a no-ads-for-pirates scheme. Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, 24/7 Media, Adtegrity, AOL, Condé Nast, Google, SpotXchange …
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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

Oklahoma and Nebraska have joined Mississippi in calling on Google to crack down on internet ads for powerful drugs sold without prescription. The states' attorneys-general have written to the Chocolate Factory about ads that pop up on YouTube videos for pharmacies willing to sell painkillers like percocet and oxycontin …

Alibaba and the thwarted thieves: Cops, bazaar to tackle China's piracy

The biggest e-shopping site in China - a nation considered the counterfeit capital of the world - has promised to help decapitate the "snake" of knockoff goods. Online bazaar Alibaba will, we're told, work closely with five government and law enforcement agencies including the Ministry of Public Security and the State …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013

Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

The past year provided us with some wonderful tales of innovation and expertise, but we all like to see a car crash as much as success story, right? So here's a roundup of the most colossal cock-ups of the last 12 months, including face-plants by Google, Facebook, Apple, and others who succumbed to that most universal of human …
Iain Thomson, 26 Dec 2012
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US & EU celebrate 'Cyber Monday' by seizing 132 websites

Law-enforcement authorities in the US and the European Union celebrated "Cyber Monday" – the internet's shopping-frenzy equivalent to brick-and-mortar stores' Black Friday – by shuttering 132 websites for selling counterfeit merchandise. "These websites were stealing from legitimate websites and copyright holders and the …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Nov 2012
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Chinese arrest 9,000 cyber-crims

Chinese police have smashed over 700 cyber crime gangs and arrested nearly 9,000 alleged criminals. The Ministry of Public Security – or police force, to you and me – announced confidently that it had cracked 4,400 criminal cases in its bid to "earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the masses of the people, …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2012

Big Content split on China's IP crackdown

The movie and software lobbyists don’t seem to be able to agree on whether to drop China’s biggest e-commerce marketplace site Taobao from the US government's list of "Notorious Markets" in which pirates and counterfeiters operate with impunity. Taobao, often referred to as the eBay of China, allows individuals and small …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Sep 2012
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ACTA can't get its act together

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is losing its international momentum following the European Parliament’s rejection of the global treaty, which many member states claim is flawed. Australia and New Zealand, who have signed the agreement but not ratified it, are under increasing pressure to withdraw their support. …
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China trains its cannons on digital pirates

The Chinese government has announced a tough four month crackdown targeting online piracy in the country, just as European netizens celebrate their Parliament’s rejection of the controversial ACTA treaty. A typically lengthy statement indicated four government departments would be involved in the action plan – the National …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jul 2012
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2011 sets new record for counterfeit electronics

Asian countries led by China are responsible for the vast majority of reports of counterfeit electronics parts, which have reached 12 million over the past five years in a potentially lethal development for the global supply chain, according to analyst IHS iSuppli. Citing data from supply chain monitoring organisation, ERAI, the …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2012
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'ACTA is dead,' says Europe's digital doyenne

The European Commission's VP for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has signaled that the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is dead, and the world's copyright industry will have to change to suit people, rather than vice versa. "We have recently seen how many thousands of people are willing to protest against …
Iain Thomson, 07 May 2012
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Canada failing to sufficiently protect IP rights – US report

Canada has been listed on a US 'priority watchlist' after concerns were raised about the measures the country has taken to combat online copyright infringement and the trade of counterfeit goods. In a report into the approach 77 "trading partners" to the US have to the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), the …
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'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos

Analysis A new report by intellectual property campaigners has again put the UK on the naughty step. This year, as last year, activists list the UK alongside Brazil and Thailand as having the most "oppressive" copyright laws in the world. The report was published by an international NGO called Consumer International, but this delegates …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 May 2012
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Hacktivists hammer Polish govt for backing ACTA

Hacktivists at Anonymous have turned their ire at least partially away from SOPA in the US and towards governments pushing its bigger brother, ACTA. The majority of Polish government websites were taken offline over the weekend as the result of a DDoS attack in protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2012
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'You have to worry about the management of Twitter'

Quotw This was the week in which we learned that the techie surprise at the bottom of many, many Brits' Christmas stockings was some form of Amazon Kindle, if you believe pollster YouGov. Google was very much back at work and back to business, leaving the holiday spirit behind as it prepared for round one million and one of its …
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PayPal dispute ends in 'violin destruction'

Like just about every collectable, violins are subject to fakery and claims of fakery – something that a person claiming to be a seller on the site alleges has led to the destruction of what the poster claims was a $2,500 instrument in a PayPal dispute. According to a post on the blog Regretsy the violin was smashed in …
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Feds seize 130 sites in Cyber Monday crackdown

US feds seized control of more than 130 websites last week as part of a crackdown on counterfeit goods ahead of the Christmas shopping rush. The seizures make up the largest individual haul yet under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's ongoing Operation In Our Sites campaign. According to online records, 131 domain …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Nov 2011
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Scotland Yard e-cops 'fighting to save Xmas'

UK cybercops have managed to dismantle more than 2,000 fraudulent shopping websites that have ripped off thousands. The Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) hopes smashing the online rogue traders will make online shopping in the run-up to Christmas much safer. The dodgy sites targeted by the action purported to sell a raft …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2011
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Facebook ad helps Scot cops seize fake goods, drugs

Cash, drugs and illegal goods have been seized in Scotland after coppers logged into Facebook to snare the crooks. The plod bagged over £68,000 in cash, drugs valued at £21,000 and £13,000 of counterfeit goods during Operation Opulent, which followed a campaign that let people report via the web anyone thought to be making …
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VeriSign demands website takedown powers

VeriSign, which manages the database of all .com internet addresses, wants powers to shut down "non-legitimate" domain names when asked to by law enforcement. The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the "denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration" in any of a laundry list of scenarios where a domain is …
Kevin Murphy, 11 Oct 2011
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Leader of Cisco counterfeit ring jailed for 60 months

The US ringleader of a China-based counterfeit ring that flogged fake Cisco kit stateside has been sent down for 60 months, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed. One-time Chinese national Chun-Yu Zhao, of Virginia, was found guilty of 16 felonies including conspiracy to commit importation fraud, peddling counterfeit …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011
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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet. A Nominet volunteer policy team has recommended the creation of an "expedited" process for shutting down addresses when the police say "the …
Kevin Murphy, 02 Sep 2011
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Ofcom says no to web-blocking

Several decisions made today have far-reaching implications for every UK internet user. Telco quango Ofcom has effectively killed web-blocking reserve powers that were passed into law a year ago, by arguing that they probably won't work. The government also announced today that it is endorsing all the proposals made in Ian …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Aug 2011
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Australia intros new IP regime

Relatively unnoticed amid the National Broadband Network hubbub, Australia has moved to update its patent system. The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 provides some key upsides for researchers – but at the same time, increases penalties for trademark infringement and product counterfeiting. …
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Site appeals feds' unprecedented domain seizure

The Spanish operator of a website related to sports has petitioned for the return of two domain names seized by the US government in an unprecedented campaign that confiscates the addresses without first giving owners a chance to defend themselves in court. Puerto 80, the owner of rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org, said in a …
Dan Goodin, 14 Jun 2011
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Feds seize $15m from scareware monger's Swiss account

Federal authorities have seized $15m from a fugitive accused of bilking millions of people in scareware and counterfeit antivirus software scams. Mugshot of Jain provided by ICE Mugshot of Shaileshkumar Jain Members of the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customers Enforcement division confiscated the $14. …
Dan Goodin, 09 Jun 2011
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Spot-the-fake site launched

The Trading Standards Institute has launched a site to help consumers spot fake branded goods. The site, Brand-i, lets you search by brand and shows a list of official retailers for that brand. But even a quick check suggests this runs the risk of branding perfectly legitimate small firms as rogue retailers. Search results do …
John Oates, 07 Jun 2011
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Feds break up Chinese-US counterfeit Cisco ring

Federal lawmen have announced success in breaking up a "sophisticated scheme to import and sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment" in the USA, masterminded by a Virginia woman who made millions from the scam. Chun-Yu Zhao, of Centreville in Virginia and Donald H Cone, of Frederick in Maryland, were …
Lewis Page, 27 May 2011
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Nominet fails to pin down its net cop role

.uk Policy Forum Nominet, the .uk domain name manager, yesterday held its inaugural .uk Policy Forum, a talking shop designed to give stakeholders a chance to voice their opinions about internet governance. The day-long event in London's West End tackled, in a very roundabout way, Nominet's role in taking down websites believed to be engaged in …
Kevin Murphy, 18 May 2011
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Student accused of posting bogus coupons to 4chan

A computer science student has been charged with fraud and counterfeiting for allegedly posting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bogus coupons on 4chan and other websites. Lucas Townsend Henderson, 22, of Lubbock, Texas, was charged with wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods in a criminal complaint unsealed …
Dan Goodin, 12 May 2011
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US trade rep bashes Baidu for 'deep linking' naughtiness

The US government has labelled Baidu - which is China's biggest search engine - a "deep linking" hub spewing out location details about where pirated content is stored online. In a report issued yesterday, BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay was also added to a list of "Notorious Markets" by the US Trade Representative's …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Mar 2011
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Cyber cops and domain name registrars meet to tackle net crooks

Cyber cops from both sides of the Atlantic are meeting with domain name registrars in Brussels today to try to figure out ways to crack down on internet crime. This second meeting of the "EU-US working group on cyber security and cybercrime" is dedicated to increasing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the …
Kevin Murphy, 25 Feb 2011
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Feds seize 10 domains accused of illegal sports streaming

Federal officials have seized the domain names of 10 websites accused of illegally streaming live pay-per-view sporting events. The move stems from the Operation in our Sites initiative, under which Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials disrupt websites accused of selling or distributing counterfeit goods and copyrighted …
Dan Goodin, 02 Feb 2011
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No more books on Ireland's banned book list

It’s the end of the world as we know it! Or at least, the end of book-banning craic in Ireland, which for some of the god-fearing citizens of that country possibly amounts to much the same thing. Our story, reported in full in the Saturday’s Irish Times, begins back in 1930 when the newly-formed Irish State, reeling in shock …
Jane Fae , 20 Dec 2010
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Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court

A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges. Oleg Y Nikolaenko, 23, a resident of Moscow, faces charges that he forged email spam messages in violation of the US CAN-SPAM Act, following his …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010