FBI Cracks $2Billion Chinese Piracy Network With Microsoft

A massive, multi-year piracy investigation ended dramatically with raids and arrests in China this week as the biggest counterfeit software syndicate in the world was brought crashing down. Raids and arrests in southern China over the past two weeks marked the end of the investigation undertaken by the FBI and China's Public Security Bureau (PSB […]

A massive, multi-year piracy investigation ended dramatically with raids and arrests in China this week as the biggest counterfeit software syndicate in the world was brought crashing down.

Raids and arrests in southern China over the past two weeks marked the end of the investigation undertaken by the FBI and China's Public Security Bureau (PSB ). Microsoft along with its customers and partners helped in the investigation. A total of 55,000 discs were seized during the investigation.

The software, found in 27 countries and on five continents, included versions of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Office 2003, Windows XP and Windows Server - and is believed to have generated turnover of $2bn. Fake software was produced from various outlets in China in at least eight languages including Croation, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese and Spanish.

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