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VXers exploit users' confusion over Java to punt fake update

Cybercrooks have begun distributing an item of malware that poses as a Java security update. Oracle released a new version of Java 7 (Java 7u11) on Sunday (13 January) to addresses zero-day vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild. The update was important because the underlying exploit had been "weaponised" and bundled …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2013

Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Cybercriminals have already seized upon the end of support for Windows XP as a theme for numerous scams and fake software updates. Microsoft pushed out its last ever patches for the 13-year-old operating system last Tuesday (8 April). Numerous YouTube videos "advertising programs and functionality related to Windows XP" that …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2014

China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

China’s homegrown answer to Windows has gone the way of the dodo after failing to make an impact on the domestic market for operating systems. Red Flag Linux has terminated all staff contracts and gone into liquidation, according to a notice pinned to the door of its deserted headquarters in Beijing, spotted by TechInAsia. The …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2014
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Microsoft spooks software customers about dangerous pirates

One in four people surveyed by Microsoft think that pirated versions of software are as “safe” to use as the legit copy. Of course, Microsoft didn’t shape its latest opportunistic “piracy is bad” press release in quite such a negative (for Redmond, at least) way. Instead it preferred to say that – of the 38,000 peeps in 20 …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2010
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People's Republic says it will purge self of illicit software

China is to clamp down on counterfeit software installed on local and central government computers over the next year. According to Beijing-endorsed news agency Xinhua, officials expect to complete an inspection of the software used by the country’s government departments and agencies by May 2011. They will conclude their …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Dec 2010
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eBay software faker jailed for ten months

A UK eBay scammer has been jailed for flogging £46,000 of counterfeit software on the world's favourite online tat bazaar. John Mark Humphries, 41, of West Ewell, Surrey, operated a home CD burning factory to produce counterfeit Microsoft, Symantec, and Sage software over two and a half years. He was sentenced to 10 months …
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Microsoft raises anti-piracy posse

Microsoft is banging the drum for its anti-piracy message, claiming the trade in dodgy software is costing the US 32,000 jobs and billions of dollars in income. The scheme takes a snapshot of what Microsoft is doing every day to counter trade in illegal copies of its software around the world. These range from civil lawsuits in …
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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Microsoft heralds 'record' prison terms for Chinese pirates

Microsoft patted itself on the back on New Year’s Eve by announcing that the alleged ringleaders of a Chinese piracy gang, who sold at least $2bn worth of counterfeit software, have been sentenced to harsh prison terms. The company said that 11 defendants were handed sentences that ranged from one and a half to six and a half …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jan 2009
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Scareware affiliates playing search engines

The growing trade in rogue security software is being driven by the gaming of search engines to direct surfers to sites peddling scareware. Scareware affiliate networks are using black-hat search engine optimisation techniques to drive traffic volumes. To promote their wares, these well-organised cybercrooks are compromising …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2009
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Microsoft's WGA changes today

Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage is being updated today, in what the company claims is response to customer feedback. The original WGA was hugely unpopular, especially when it emerged the software was secretly "phoning home" - sending information about users' computers back to Redmond. It also caused problems for some …
John Oates, 20 Feb 2007
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Microsoft names and shames Net pirates

Microsoft is suing alleged software pirates across six US states for selling illegal goods via the Internet. According to Microsoft, three of the defendants were flogging fake software through online auction sites, and at least two relied on spamming via email. All used the Inernet as their primary forum for distributing the …
Linda Harrison, 09 Dec 1999
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Scots busted in £3m MS piracy raid

Microsoft has busted a group of suspected Scottish software pirates and seized kit worth more than £3 million. CID, Trading Standards and Microsoft swooped on five separate addresses in West Lothian last month. In a single day, the crack team recovered more than 7000 licenses and 1350 pieces of allegedly fake software - …
Linda Harrison, 07 Jul 2000
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MS Counterfeit gang gets ten years in jail

Three people have been jailed for a total of 10 years for their involvement in a multi-million pound software counterfeiting ring. The trio, who were convicted on March 16 for conspiracy to defraud Microsoft, sat impassively in the dock as Her Honour Judge Pearlman, passed stiff sentences which reflected their involvement in a …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2001