If you think dealing with bloatware on a new OEM system is a pain in the backside, imagine buying a PC only to find out that it's infected with malware...straight from the factory! Apparently that's something PC shoppers need to be worried about these days, according to an investigation conducted by Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit (DCU). The investigation and subsequent sting operation, codenamed "Operation b70," found that several new systems sold in China had malicious software pre-installed.
Microsoft doesn't take kindly to software vendors selling counterfeit copies of Windows and other Microsoft software and will sail the seven seas to chase down pirates when need be. Most recently Microsoft went in pursuit of a Comet, the name of a U.K. retailer the software giant alleges sold more than 94,000 counterfeit copies of its Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems on pre-loaded PCs and laptops.
A U.S. federal judge in Nevada has ruled on a series of requests from luxury goods maker Chanel allowing the company to seize several hundred domain names thought to be selling counterfeit goods. For good measure, the ruling also forces all search engines and social media websites to censor mentions of the offending domains. The court specifically called out Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo, and Google.
The poorly named Cyber Monday may be a great time to cash in on online deals and discounts, but your chance to grab some criminally low-priced items may have been snatched away today by the US government. Last year, the DOJ and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency caused a big online stir when they joined forces for “Operation In Our Sites” (har, har) and seized the domains of 82 different sites that sold counterfeit goods on the Web. Today, one year to the day after last year’s announcement, the agencies announced that they’ve seized yet another 150 counterfeit sites.
The Sennheiser brand is one that's well known in the audio community, and one we're plenty familiar with, having reviewed a handful of Sennheiser earphones and headsets through the years. In a weird sort of way, Sennheiser could take it as a compliment that its brand has sparked a booming counterfeit market, but really the company is just pissed and out for blood.
Any college student will tell you it's not a party until someone gets arrested. If that's the case, the Grand Strand Tea Party just earned its party status, and possibly doomed its future. According to reports, authorities arrested Tea Party president Anthony Trinca for allegedly selling counterfeit software.
Zhao Chun-Yu obviously never heard that crime doesn't pay, or if she did, she wasn't the type to let a boring old cliché boss her around. She definitely didn't hear it from her mother. Chun-Yu and her family ran a massive Hong Kong-based counterfeit networking business called Han Tong Technology. Chun-Yu and her morally lenient relatives used false names and documents to help import the pirated hardware into the US, then created fake packaging materials to make them look like authentic Cisco products. They raked in millions of dollars worth of sales.
Then the Justice Department slammed the brakes on the joyride.
Think you got a good deal on those Beats by Dre? Might've. Or maybe you paid too much for a knockoff. Thanks to easily accessed suckers like you, business in the world of phony high-end audio has never been better.
As Nokia struggles to remain relevant in a competitive mobile handset market, one thing that isn't helping is the prominence of counterfeit cell phones. According to Nokia, as many as one out of every five, or 20 percent, of all cell phones around the world are unlicensed knockoffs, Reuters reports.
"It is mostly China-originated, but it is global. It is not only in Asia, but also in Latin America and even in some parts of Europe," said Esko Aho, a member of Nokia's executive board."
Nokia isn't the only company to complain about forgery in foreign markets. As The Inq points out, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer last year complained about the impact of counterfeit software originating from China. As it pertains to cell phones, the Chinese government has been stepping up its efforts to curtail the problem.
"Recent developments indicate [Beijing] is beginning to take seriously the long-festering problem of smuggled handsets and counterfeit handsets, a thorny issue that not only undercuts the tax revenue but also tarnishes China's image abroad," market research firm iSuppli told TGDaily back in July 2010.
The Chinese government is getting ready to launch a new national campaign aimed at cracking down on violations of intellectual property rights and the production and distribution of pirated and counterfeit software and movies, the Xinhua News Agency reports.
According to the report, the campaign will last about six months and target pirated publications, software products, DVDs, designs, and other copyrighted products, both at the production and distribution levels.
The Chinese government vowed to "mete out stern punishment to businesses involved in the import and export of such goods," though didn't elaborate what exactly that punishment might be.