Software Piracy on the Internet: A Threat to Your Security

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Executive Summary

Internet threats now go far beyond e-mail spam and swindles of gullible consumers. Today, public and private organizations are dealing with massive onslaughts of malware and inappropriate content. For example, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently shut down a notorious rogue Internet service provider that was operating under various names and dedicated exclusively to recruiting, knowingly hosting, and participating in the distribution of spam, child pornography, and other harmful electronic content including spyware, viruses, and Trojan horses. According to the FTC, the service provider even established a forum to facilitate communication between criminals. The complexity of such nefarious organizations far transcends the stereotype of a lone individual distributing inappropriate content.

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