10 Feb 2023 -
 Defence

Counterfeit crooks switch to e-Commerce ‘like legit sellers’

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There’s been a shift in the world’s trade in counterfeit goods to e-Commerce, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s annual Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy.

According to The Register, many sellers of counterfeit kits shut their retail stores during the pandemic and shifted their activities online and used their stores as warehouses and fulfilment centers instead – just “like legit sellers”.

“Counterfeiters don’t just make fake watches and handbags: they also crank out fake Cisco hardware running pirated Cisco software – a combination that exposes unwitting users to infosec and legal perils. When you shop for personal purposes, you also need to beware kit like the 500GB disks that actual contain 128MB USB sticks,” claims The Register.

“Piracy remains rampant, the document states, thanks to “Bulletproof” internet service providers that “explicitly advertise leniency in allowing their customers to upload and distribute infringing content.” Other actors offer piracy-as-a-service that focus on creating pirate IPTV streaming operations.”

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