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OpSec News Round-Up 10/11/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 11, 2011 8:00:31 AM
Counterfeit Pills Rampant Online, Experts Warn


INDIANAPOLIS -- Buying prescription pills online may be cheap, but instead of getting medicine to improve their health, consumers could be putting their lives at risk, experts warn.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently reviewed 8,000 websites selling prescription medications and found that a majority were offering counterfeit pills, 6News' Rafael Sanchez reported.

For full coverage, please visit WRTV Indianapolis.

Drinkers Warned Over Counterfeit Shardonnay


Drinkers are being warned to look out for "Shardonnay" after counterfeiters flooded the market with fake wine.

Trading Standards said they had found thousands of bottles of fake Jacob's Creek wine. The misspelled labels offer "Wine of Austrlia", tell people to "Drink Responsibily" and point them to the "Drinkoware" website.

The wine is believed to have been produced in Eastern Europe and smuggled to the UK, where it is sold to off-licences for £2 a bottle and sells for around £6.

For full story, please visit London Evening Standard.

CBP Seizes $4.5 Million in Counterfeit Lacoste Sunglasses


Los Angeles, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered and seized 30,300 pairs of sunglasses in violation of the Lacoste trademark in a shipment arriving from China.

On Sept. 15, CBP officers seized the infringing shipment with a domestic value of $48,000. If the sunglasses had genuine Lacoste trademarks, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the shipment would have been $4.5 million.

“CBP officers and import specialists at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex aggressively safeguard one of America’s valuable assets, intellectual property,” said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. “The theft of intellectual property poses a serious threat to the vitality of our nation’s economy.”

To read more on this story, please visit Imperial Valley News.

Counterfeit Drugs Targeted by Technology in India


Making pills that could save lives both in India and abroad, Indian pharmaceutical companies are growing faster than ever before.

Worth over $12bn, the industry is expected to grow more than four-fold in the coming decade.

But even as global attention is focused on the healthy growth in India, it is threatened by a serious malaise - counterfeiting. Fake drugs in the system risk not just lives of patients, but also the reputation of drug makers.

To read more, please visit BBC News.

Authorities Continue Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods


Raids at two flea markets over the weekend resulted in numerous arrests and could end with dozens of indictments, as authorities continue to take charge in an effort to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.

The Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office shut down the Eastland Mega Flea Market in Columbus on Friday. Sheriff Zach Scott told local Columbus station NBC4 that about $3.5 million dollars worth of illegal and counterfeit goods were for sale at the flea market, making Friday’s raid possibly the largest counterfeit bust in the history of the state. The merchandise included fake Gucci, Coach and Rolex goods, as well as other counterfeit purses, jewelry and clothing.

For full story, please visit Flea Market Zone.

Two Busted Selling Counterfeit CDs, DVDs



An undercover investigation at the El Mercado Flea Market in Immokalee on Saturday led to the arrests of two individuals caught selling counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

Collier County Sheriff's Office detectives as well as a field investigator for the Recording Industry Association of America observed the counterfeit DVDs and CDs for sale at two separate booths.

The first booth was registered to Rafael Castillo-Aguilar.

When confronted, Castillo-Aguilar told authorities that he had purchased the DVDs and CDs for $1.00 and sold them for $4.00 each.

To read more, please visit NBC-2.com.

Chinese Police Use Live Video to Shut Down Counterfeiters' Operations


BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Police used live video monitoring to arrest 200 suspects and seize millions of counterfeit items throughout five provinces on Saturday as part of a year-long campaign to curb the spread of counterfeiting and maintain market order, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

The live-video system, used for the first time in this campaign, enabled police in different provinces to coordinate in real-time and conduct the joint operation, said Meng Qingfeng, a senior official with the MPS.

According to a statement issued by the MPS, the campaign, "Liang Jian," or sharp sword, has shut down networks of counterfeiters in Fujian, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang and Henan provinces that specialized in counterfeit autoparts and batteries, and has seized over 1.3 million unauthorized logo trademarks and 2.5 million auto parts.

For full story, please visit People's Daily Online.

Topics: Counterfeiting, Luxury Goods, Consumer Electronics, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines