Wall Street traded companies are forced to branch out in all sorts of odd and interesting ways, but a ruthless drug cartel selling pirated copies of Microsoft Office? That’s just bizarre!
According to the New York Times Microsoft showed off several unauthorized copies of Office 2007 on Friday at the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Paris, and the disks were branded with the rectangular “FMM” logo used by the La Familia organized crime group. Mexico’s attorney general confirmed that some Mexican drug cartels have “sophisticated distribution networks”, some with more than 180,000 points of sale sprinkled throughout the country.
John Newton of Interpol claims that organized crime groups weren’t targeting Microsoft specifically, but that groups like this are attracted to “low-risk, high-profit crimes”. This makes software piracy a tempting target, and one that is expected to get worse in the years to come.