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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so. A report (PDF) from The Software Alliance claims that during 2013, 43 per cent of all software in the world was installed without a licence, up from 42 per cent in the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2014

Chinese gov splurges £102 MILLION to replace pirated software

The Chinese government has put its money where its mouth is, spending around US$160 million (£102m) to replace pirated software in central and provincial government offices with the real thing. The outlay comes as part of the second phase of a national plan to stamp out software piracy in the public sector, according to the …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2012
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Bloke flogged $1.2m of pirated Microsoft gear on eBay, say Feds

A US man has been charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software valued at more than $1.2m. Bruce Alan Edward, 48, of Atlanta, Michigan, is accused of five counts of criminal copyright infringement, and one count of mail fraud, over the alleged resale of pirated software sourced from the far East. According to his charge …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2012
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Pirated software hard drive on display as art

A New York gallery is displaying a piece of “art” that consists of a one-terabyte portable hard drive chock-full of pirated code. Manuel Palou’s “5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte”, currently on display at the Art 404 gallery in New York, consists of a single drive placed on a plinth, containing stolen code from Adobe, Nintendo, and …
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2011

Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

A Chinese national has been handed a 12 year jail sentence in the United States after being convicted of selling more than $100m of pirated software from his home in Chengdu. Xiang Li, 36, was sentenced in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday after pleading guilty to copyright infringement and wire fraud charges …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jun 2013

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares. The federation today disclosed its stats for the …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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Chilean anti-piracy law drafted on pirated software

Chilean lawyer Guillermo Frêne is having a bit of a bad hair day after it was revealed that draft legislation aimed at cutting the internet connections of illegal downloading ne'er-do-wells was presented in .doc format written on pirated software. The full outrage was exposed here, which shows that the firm of attorneys …
Lester Haines, 30 Dec 2008

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

The Chinese government has urged Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP in order to boost Beijing’s anti-piracy efforts and head off a potentially huge security threat. Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, met Microsoft and other software companies in a bid to put some pressure on, …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013
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Brothers caged for selling pirated Adobe software

An American software internet piracy ring destroyed, and for once eBay is absent from the story. Two middle-aged brothers have been sent to prison for selling "massive amounts" of pirated software from Adobe, Autodesk and Macromedia, at huge discounts. They sold software over the internet with a retail value of $5.6m for about a …
Drew Cullen, 07 Mar 2008

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Ditching dodgy software can rescue not just the UK from its financial worries, but the entire world, or so says the latest study from the Business Software Alliance. The BSA, comprising vendors including Microsoft, CA, Adobe, Apple and others, commissioned biz school INSEAD (once known as the Institut Européen d'Administration …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
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Microsoft names and shames pirate software traders

Microsoft has reached out-of-court settlements with five computer resellers that 'fessed up to illegally loading hard disks with pirated software and flogging bootleg programs. The firms were conveniently named and shamed on Thursday for Play Fair Day – previously dubbed Consumer Action Day – which the industry is using to …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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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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Hackers force innocent mobes to join ALTCOIN MINING GANGS

Cybercrooks are turning smartphones into digital currency-mining bots using mobile malware. The cyber-menace, dubbed CoinKrypt by mobile security firm Lookout, is capable of hijacking the processor on smartphones to mine digital currency, enriching hackers in the process. CoinKrypt has been confined thus far to Spanish pirated …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014
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Mac malware piggybacks on pirated iWork

Malware masquerading as part of Apple's iWork 09 productivity suite is targeting unsuspecting Mac users foolish enough to install pirated software downloaded on warez sites. Once installed, iServices.A has unfettered root access, which it promptly uses to connect to a remote server over the internet, according to Intego, which …
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2009

BSA targets Indonesian pirates

In a sign of Indonesia’s increasing importance as a market for Western technology vendors, anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance has teamed up with local police to bust numerous firms found to be running illegal copies of well-known software. The raid on 20 businesses back in March yielded pirated software from …
Phil Muncaster, 14 May 2013
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Microsoft, Feds, and Chinese authorities seize $2bn in pirated software

Pirated Microsoft software, estimated by the firm to be worth more than $2bn, has been seized by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chinese police following a long-running joint operation which began in 2005. A network of Chinese pirating syndicates, believed to be the largest of its kind in history, had been …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2007

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements. The firm posted a statement on its popular 2345.com portal site expressing “profound apologies” to …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
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Software piracy rates fall

Software piracy rates have stayed static in the UK and fallen in many countries around the world despite the recession. The Business Software Alliance - the big vendors' lobby group - said despite an expectation that economic hardship would increase the number of dodgy copies of software in use in fact rates fell in 54 countries …
John Oates, 12 May 2010
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Unlicensed software use 'may have peaked'

The growth of illegal software use may have peaked, according to research firm IDC. It said that if current trends continue the percentage of computers running unlicensed software worldwide will be the same in 2010 as it was in 2009. IDC has produced a report on unlicensed software use for anti-piracy lobby group the Business …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 May 2010
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Trade body doubles efforts against pirate software

Anti-piracy lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has more than doubled the number of 'take down' notices it issues to stop the distribution of pirated software. The BSA uses its own systems to track the sale of illegal software on auction sites and its distribution through peer to peer (P2P) file sharing. "In the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2009
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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

Almost a half of all PCs in operation worldwide use pirated software, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The industry body came to the number after tasking research firm Ipsos Public Affairs with a poll of 15,000 users in 32 countries, albeit a tiny fraction of the more than one billion clients used across the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Software piracy rates remain stubbornly stuck

Use of unlicensed software by UK businesses remains stuck at around 27 per cent, according to the latest study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Worldwide piracy rates are also steady at a higher rate of 35 per cent. UK figures have remained the same for the last three years prompting the BSA to call for tougher …
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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China wants more hi-tech importers

The wobbly global economy is set to further stunt growth in China’s domestic technology market, leading Beijing to offer even greater financial incentives to encourage more hi-tech imports to the country. The Chinese government will offer 2.5bn yuan (£249m) in loan subsidies to importers of unspecified advanced technologies and …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Oct 2012
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Legal attack dogs chase software pirates from eBay

Adobe and Symantec have unleashed legal attack dogs on nine individuals accused of selling pirated software on eBay. The lawsuits, filed in US District Court in the Northern District of California, are the biggest round filed to date by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). They're part of the SIIA's Auction …
Dan Goodin, 14 Feb 2008
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UK cop shops to be checked for pirated software

The UK's police forces are going to be audited see if they're running pirated or unlicensed software. This is because at least one force has been caught running counterfeit copies of MS Office. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is to audit a sample of police IT equipment to see how widespread the problem is. The …
Robert Blincoe, 21 Dec 2000

125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers. Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, Umar Saif, …
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2012
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eBay software pirates stump up $100,000

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay a total of $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software. The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), working on behalf of its member companies, settled the case against Kevin Liu and GT Tian who also agreed to stop selling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Nov 2006
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Microsoft: Pirates at high risk of malware infection

Web-based attacks are on the rise, but according to Microsoft security researchers, the risks involved with casual browsing are nothing compared to the dangers of downloading and sharing illicit software, videos, music, and other media. In the latest edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, published on Monday, …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012
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Developing world buoys up software pirates

Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007. A survey conducted by analyst firm IDC on behalf of The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has shown that, despite huge efforts from the likes of Microsoft and …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008
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Indiana man jailed for selling counterfeit software on eBay

An Indiana man bought some counterfeit Rockwell Automation software on eBay, set up the CD-duplicator and sold the disks on, you guessed it, eBay. Now he's paying the price: 27 months in jail, forfeiture of computers and CD duplicators, a $2,000 fine, two years of supervised release, and an order to make restitution of $5,200. …
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2007
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Xbox 360 credit card slurp alert under fire

Doubts have arisen over claims that credit card numbers and other personal information can be recovered from used Xbox 360 consoles - even after users take the precaution of restoring their kit to its factory settings. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorised …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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California man busted for software piracy

A Southern California man was arrested for allegedly producing and selling thousands of dollars worth of pirated software from Microsoft and Adobe, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's department. Police mugshot of Gad Zamir wearing gray t-shirt Gad Zamir, 64, was apprehended after authorities armed with a search …
Dan Goodin, 01 Feb 2007
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Malays in software piracy malaise

A Malaysian trade minister has risked the ire of the software industry by suggesting the country would turn a blind eye to the use of pirated software in schools. While stressing that the authorities in Malaysia take a firm line against piracy in the commercial sector, Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told the >Sunday Star …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2002
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BSA urges government to fight software pirates

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of PC software used in the UK is illegal, according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The latest edition of the industry organisation's Global Piracy Study shows the rate of illegal software in Britain is unchanged from 2004. Continued "disrespect" by UK businesses towards …
John Leyden, 23 May 2006
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US Net users happy to pirate software

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence US internet users have a schizophrenic attitude to software piracy, and while recognizing the principal that developers should be paid for the work are more than happy to download pirated software from the Web. The finding came in a survey released by the business software alliance, …
ComputerWire, 31 May 2002
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SaaS for speedy relief of licence headaches

Managing software licensing has to be one of the least fun aspects of an IT professional’s life. For one thing, it is medically proven* that there is no better means of inducing a headache than trying to read the whole of a software licence. And that is before you get to the logistics of managing the things: making sure they are …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Jul 2011
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Alleged software piracy CADs collared

Two people were arrested last week for allegedly masterminding a multi-million dollar software software piracy ring following a joint operation by Greek and British police. The duo, one Greek and one Briton, are accused of selling counterfeit computer aided design software for $905, much less than the going rate, Reuters reports …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2004
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Software piracy down, but piracy losses up

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of software in use in UK last year was pirated. The figure is down two percentage points from 29 per cent in 2003, but still represents a huge loss to software developers according to a global software piracy study by IDC, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Thirty-five percent …
John Leyden, 18 May 2005
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US software pirate jailed for 18 months

A US software pirate has been sentenced to 18 months' jail by a Virginia court for punting illicit programmes via a pay-for-access website, Australian IT reports. Over six months, Kishan Singh, 33 of Lanham, Maryland, sold thousands of cracked copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Macromedia, and Microsoft programmes with an estimated ( …
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2005
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Software pirates scuppered by Y2K

Well done Business Week’s Dennis Berman for his interesting take on the Y2K fiasco. Millions of users of bootlegged software will be unable to get their bug fixes from software publishers, he says. And this could cause grief for software-legit companies doing business with them. Worse still, "huge swathes of the world economy …
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 1999
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Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'

A notorious Russian spammer faces a long prison sentence after he admitted to sexually abusing underage girls. Leonid "Leo" Kuvayev, 39, named by security firms as the distributor of spam messages promoting unlicensed pharmaceutical websites, has reportedly confessed to molesting youngsters as young as 13 in the seedy basement …
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2011
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OEM software scams on the rise

Among the ever-increasing payload of spam landing each day in users' inboxes, there is certainly a burgeoning market for missives promoting OEM software - programmes originally distributed with system hardware. "DONT BE SILLY TO PAY HUNDRED FOR SOFTWARES" is typical. "Take discount on Microsoft, Corel, Adobe stuff from Cortes's …
Jan Libbenga, 03 Jun 2004
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WinPho7 jailbreak kit locked down by Redmond 'dev mojo' man

The Windows Phone 7 jailbreak software, which debuted earlier this week, has been pulled while the developers talk to Microsoft about how best to distribute such a thing. The developers of ChevronWP7 have apparently been chatting to Microsoft about how to encourage the kind of home-brew development their jailbreaking tool …
Bill Ray, 02 Dec 2010
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Man gets 3 years in clink for eBaying Adobe prods

A 46-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for selling pirated Adobe software on eBay, the US Justice Department has said. Gregory William Fair of Falls Church, Virginia was sentenced on Thursday to 41 months in prison by a judge in US District Court in Washington DC. He was also ordered to pay $ …
Austin Modine, 23 Oct 2009
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Microsoft wins big in Chinese piracy lawsuit

Microsoft has won its first major court battle against the use of unlicensed software by Chinese corporations - but the company it vanquished plans to fight back. The amount of damages that the Shanghai court awarded Redmond may be small - 2.17m yuan, or $318,000 - but the precedent is large. "This is the first case in which …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Apr 2010
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Software pirates cost $9.7bn in Europe - BSA

The software piracy rate in the UK hit 29 per cent last year, with the rate of bootlegging in Europe also on the rise. Piracy in the EU region is running at 37 per cent, according to the Business Software Alliance's Global Piracy Study 2003, out today. This equates to a cost to software publishers of more than $9.7bn in Europe …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004
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Last day of BSA unlicensed software truce

Today is the last chance for businesses in five US cities caught with pirated software to escape prosecution. The Business Software Alliance's month-long software piracy truce, affecting Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and Denver, runs out in a few hours. Through the scheme, which is the third software truce put into …
Linda Harrison, 28 Feb 2001
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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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Burnish your blacklists to patrol internet access

What makes PCs so popular is the range of software you can run on them. But, as always, with great power comes great responsibility. And one of the first decisions you need to make about your desktop estate is who you give the power to. Some users may well benefit from full admin privileges, given the range of "revolutionary" …
Manek Dubash, 05 Jul 2011
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SMEs slammed for unlicensed software use

Small and medium-sized firms are the worst offenders in Britain when it comes to using unlicensed software, according to the lBusiness Software Alliance. The self-proclaimed software copyright watchdog points to its 2002/3 settlement figures which show nine out of ten UK companies that settled with it over illegal software use …
Robert Jaques, 02 Oct 2003