Drug Associations Selling Counterfeit Software Infected With Malware; Microsoft
Microsoft cautions that companies shipping drugs are now changing their business to supplying pirated software that expectedly has malware. Hispanicallyspeakingnews.com reported this on February 7, 2011.
Says David Finn Associate General Council of Microsoft, drug cartels in Mexico such as La Familia are doing the business of illegal software at the rate of over 180,000 sale points that's yielding them around $2.2m daily that's then invested in their extortion operations, kidnapping, and weapons trafficking. Hispanicallyspeakingnews.com reported this.
Finn warned that the illegal software, over-and-above enabling investment in the drug cartels' illicit operations, could cause computers to crash because it was likely to carry malware.
He highlights that a research shows that software programs faked as Microsoft software have by now caused problems to 38,000 people or more across 20 countries, while end-users want that both the software organizations and governments take action against such contaminated software.
Moreover, during the research, 72% of those surveyed felt that there was still much for the industry dealing in software itself to do.
Meanwhile, the "How to Tell" website of Microsoft has got over 300,000 comments regarding counterfeit software starting 2005.
Stated J. J. a commentator from St. Cloud, Wisconsin, the product (referring to fake software) arrived from a different nation state and when he loaded it onto his computer, it resulted in the system's crash-down that currently would run only through Safe Mode. Moreover, with Safe Mode, the Authentication message stated that there was no longer the required VLK number in it. While that appeared as something real, it, however, didn't work, the commentator explained. Infosecurity.com published this on February 7, 2011.
One more person D. E. based in Murrieta, California commented that when the loading started, a message emerged reading, "Trojan virus continued" while after the loading, another message read "copy US invalid." Infosecurity.com reported this.
Eventually Microsoft said, considering that the problem impacted widely worldwide as also that it affected such numerous people, it was vital that businesses, organizations and governments got together routinely and shared information/resources, spread awareness, as also brought forth fresh ideas towards helping the company mitigate the problem namely 'piracy.'
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