Counterfeit Adobe Software Products Contain Trojan Virus
Lyndhurst, Victoria, Australia (News4us.com) May 02, 2011
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has warned consumers to be wary of purchasing counterfeit products after seizing virus-affected computer software from a residential premises in Lyndhurst, Victoria today.
Unlike the genuine products, the counterfeit Adobe software products contained a Trojan virus capable of gathering personal information, potentially making the purchasers vulnerable to identity theft crimes.
A 40-year-old Australian woman has admitted to selling the products and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date, charged with offences under the Copyright Act 1968. These offences carry a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
The AFP executed search warrants at a residential address and vehicles in Lyndhurst today, seizing a compact disc burner and more than 200 fraudulent software products.
The AFP, state and territory police and Australian Government agencies such as the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Attorney-General’s Department all have a role in combating Intellectual Property crime. The AFP’s major focus is on investigating links to serious and organised crime syndicates.
AFP Commander of Crime Operations Peter Sykora said consumers should also exercise good judgement when making purchases.
“One study of Intellectual Property crime estimated that one in five Australian households had knowingly purchased pirated computer or video goods,” Sykora said.
“This case highlights that the money you save from purchasing a cheaper, counterfeit product may come at a high cost to your privacy. Identity theft could place your personal and financial information in the hands of organised criminals.”
Selling counterfeit products in Australia is a crime with legislation providing for a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and two years for trademark offences.
Anyone with information on Intellectual Property crime can phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it to their local police.
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