Piracy: NCC hits end users
SECURITY| June 14, 2012, 4:12 p.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Officials from the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) yesterday raided the head office premises of a well-known Estate Management Firm, Jide Taiwo & Co in Victoria Island, Lagos. The raid, which followed a tip off and undercover surveillance by the NCC, resulted in the seizure of suspected high quality counterfeit Microsoft software.
The usual clampdowns have been on channel distributors, but NCC is now focusing on end-users as well.
In the raid which lasted about 45 minutes, different Microsoft software suspected to be counterfeit was discovered. This included copies of the Microsoft Operating Systems Windows XP and Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010.
Jide Taiwo & Co could also not provide the client access license for its Microsoft Windows 2003.
Some of the physical items taken away from the premises included media for Microsoft Office 2010, keys for Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Vista and Microsoft Windows 7. All these items have been sent to Microsoft's Ireland office for confirmation. An investigation into the matter is currently ongoing.
“Counterfeit software is a cankerworm that is eating through the fabric of societies all over the world. Its prevalence has a lot to do with the sophisticated and organised syndicates of pirates, but also can be traced to the demand for them,” said Augustine Amodu, Deputy Director of Enforcement at NCC.
“Consumers of pirated software must also realise that they will be punished for contravening the law and putting people’s livelihoods as well as the economy of the country as a whole at risk. To win this fight against copyright infringements, it must be a joint effort of regulators as well as consumers.”
As of 2011, PC software piracy rates in Nigeria stood at 82%, with around USD250 million lost to local businesses. Local Nigerian businesses have had difficulty competing with counterfeiters, who price their goods at below-market levels.
“This enforcement action helps in getting consumers to understand the risk they are exposed to when they engage in the illegality of purchasing counterfeit software or mis-licensing software as a whole. It also helps to protect genuine business whose true purpose is to add value to the customer.” says Amodu.
Software piracy in organisations is often difficult to trace as the end users already have the software loaded on their systems, however, there is technology that makes detection possible and regulatory and enforcement authorities now rely on that to broaden their reach to the demand market. Counterfeit software also includes fake hologrammed CDs and fake Certificate of Authenticity labels that look like the real thing and which are sold as complete software packages.
“End users should be careful when purchasing software as the promises made saying there is no difference between the genuine and counterfeit are not true. Consumers looking for a bargain should know that the price you could pay in data loss or identity theft by using counterfeit software that is vulnerable to computer viruses, malware and hackers far outweighs the gains you have made from the difference in pricing.,” warned Ugochi Agoreyo, Anti-Piracy Manager for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa. “Many times, it’s just not worth the losses.”
MORE SECURITY NEWS
Safe Deposit: Defeating cyber-attacks against banksWith online heists once again hitting the headlines, how should banks and their customers protect themselves against similar attacks? Read More
Large organisations gear up to address aggressive cyber-security business disruption attacksAlthough the frequency of a cyber-security attack on a large scale is low, by 2018, 40 per cent of large organisations will have formal plans to address aggressive cyber-security business disruption attacks, up from none this year, says Gartner. Read More
Identity and access management trends for 2015CA Technologies has identified five key trends for security and identity and access management (IAM) that will impact organisations and security professionals in 2015 as they compete in the application economy. Read More
Leading newspaper site hackedBotswana is seeing unprecedented cases of internet hacking with one of the latest attacks targeting one of the country’s leading private newspapers, Mmegi. Read More
Senegal hit by wave of cyber attacksSenegal has been hit by a wave of hackings in the past two weeks, two of which hit the popular news website Seneweb.com and ADIE. Read More
Cyber attacks may get more virulent, Cisco, Kaspersky warnCyber attackers are using more subtle methods to infiltrate corporate networks with the aim of stealing vital information or simply causing mayhem. This is according Kaspersky Lab and Cisco, who say IT security experts should up their game in educating users how to ward off potential attackers. Read More
SIM box task team steps up successes with help from ICT firmGhana’s efforts to crack down on SIM boxing fraud have been given a boost by the efforts of Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, which now partners with the authorities in the fight against this crime. Read More
Software vulnerability led to Ghana govt site hackA software vulnerability and failure to update software led to the hacking of some websites on the government of Ghana’s official portal. Read More
CBN issues directive on two factor authentication for internal banking processesThe Central Bank of Nigeria has issued a directive requiring all deposit money banks (DMBs) to implement two factor authentication for internal processes this year. Read More
SA: 57% could not recover money stolen in online fraudA recent survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International found that more than half of those respondents in South Africa who lost money in fraudulent online transactions did not get all – or sometimes any – of their funds back. Read More
FEATURED STORYMalawi Govt denies clinging to ‘Cashgate’ software
The Malawi Government will not exclude the software brand that has been in use for the country’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS), but it has rejected reports implying that it is ‘clinging’ to the old system.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSVMware unveils vCloud for NFV with Integrated OpenStack to accelerate service innovation
VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, today debuted VMware vCloud for NFV, an integrated Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform that will combine VMware’s production-proven ...