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OpSec News Round-Up 10/4/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 4, 2011 11:05:46 AM
Japan Signs Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan held an official signing ceremony for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on 1 October. ACTA will strengthen standards for the enforcement of intellectual property (IP), helping the global fight against counterfeit products, according to a recent statement from CropLife International.

Australia, Canada, the European Union and its Member States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States reached this agreement in October 2010. The agreement is open for signature until 1 May 2013.

“The crop protection industry commends the international commitment to ACTA,” said Howard Minigh, President and CEO of CropLife International in a statement. “Strong and united enforcement of intellectual property laws helps to prevent the sale of illegal pesticides to unsuspecting farmers.”

For full story, please visit Farm Chemicals International.

100,000 Counterfeit Pills Confiscated


Drugs, including those that cannot legally be imported to Israel, confiscated in international campaign by Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Crime Unit.

Almost 100,000 pills suspected of being counterfeit – including drugs that cannot legally be imported to Israel – were confiscated in an international campaign last week by the Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Crime Unit, the Israel Police and the Customs Authority. Efforts were also made to stop sales of the illegal products via websites.

To read more, please visit The Jerusalem Post.

Derry Flea Market Closes After 40 Years


DERRY, N.H.—A 40-year Derry tradition has ended with the closure of the Grandview Flea Market.

The closure Sunday is part of a legal settlement with the fashion accessory company Coach Inc., which makes handbags, wallets and other items.

Owner Martin Taylor of Salem agreed to close the business after Coach sued his company, Gata Corp., for allowing counterfeit merchandise to be sold at the flea market.

Read more at Boston.com.

Pfizer Joins With NABP to Fight Counterfeit Medicine Menace


Pfizer and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in the USA have launched a new effort to draw attention to the risks associated with counterfeit medicines and help patients to safely buy drugs online.

As part of the exercise, Pfizer has carried out an online sampling exercise in which it bought its erectile dysfunction (ED) product Viagra (sildenafil) from 26 pharmacy websites that appeared among the top results when "buy Viagra" was entered into two search engines.

All the pharmacies examined were found to be operating illegally, and 81 per cent of them were selling counterfeit Viagra.

For full story, please visit Securing Pharma.

Jame Urbacz Sold Fake Xbox 360 Games Making £10K a Year


A JOBLESS Southampton man made a £10,000 a year living selling counterfeit computer games from a homespun website.

Jamie Urbacz, 26, was caught out in an investigation by trading standards officers at Southampton City Council who bought some of the games which were found to be copies.

For more on this story, please visit The Daily Echo.

Golfers Beware: Counterfeit Clubs Sold Online


TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) -- Golfers beware!  U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its seizing an increasing number of counterfeit golf products by consumers over the Internet.

Bobby Saavedra, PGA Apprentice and Manager of Practice Tee in Tucson, knows a lot about golfing.  Besides being really good at the game, he has a sharp eye for fake equipment.

"They are making them pretty good these days, I mean I've seen a few of the sets to where, you know the guy paid $300, it was supposed to be a $900 club set and they are great clubs," he said.

For full story, please visit News13.

Freemont Store Owners Charged in July Raid of Counterfeit Goods


FREMONT -- Police have confirmed that the majority of merchandise seized in July from two downtown stores were, as suspected, counterfeited brand-name items.

In July, Fremont detectives searched a Mosser Drive home and a store, A K Wear at 529 W. State St., in the course of a drug investigation. At the store, they found shoes, purses, hats and clothing that detectives suspected were counterfeit.

A tip from a former customer led police to another downtown store, Little Bray's Bargains at 810 Croghan St., a week later. Detectives found more suspicious-looking shoes and clothing.

Detective Jason Kiddey said a value of more than $5,000 has been placed on merchandise seized from A K Wear, resulting in pending felony charges against the store owner.

Read more at The News-Messenger.

Shanghai's Police Cracks Down on Counterfeit iPhone Makers


In response to the growing number of counterfeit iPhones and other Apple products turning up along with the coming of the iPhone 5, the Shanghai police have begun its crackdown on vendors of pirated merchandise by first arresting five suspects who allegedly were manufacturing iPhones with recycled components and selling each one for 4,000 yuan, the equivalent of 627 U.S. dollars. The cost of making these fake iPhones is approximately 2,000 yuan (~313 USD).

The five arrested individuals are thought to be part of an organization that purchases or steals components needed for iPhones mostly from a supply of technological garbage brought in from the southern province of Guangdong and stores them in rented apartments until customers order them.

For full story, please visit iNewp.com.

Counterfeit Industry Grows, Tops R360bn


Johannesburg  - The South African counterfeit industry is estimated at approximately R362bn and is viewed as one of the world's fastest growing industries, with seizures of fake goods up 46% annually according to a counterfeiting expert at attorneys Adams & Adams.

In August this year, a few weeks prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) confiscated 66 000 counterfeit rugby jerseys, with an estimated street value of R43m.

Despite this, vendors continued to stand on street corners, traffic islands, and outside pubs and restaurants, and sell fake rugby jerseys and other items to fans.

For full story, please visit News24 South Africa.

Fake Lululemon Sold at House Parties


Avon and Tupperware have long used house parties to sell their wares. But Lululemon?

Police in Sarnia are hot on the trail of scam artists who have been hawking fake athletic gear from the Vancouver-based clothier.

It appears women thought they were getting a great deal on pants, tank tops and other yoga-inspired clothing when they attended what they believed were Lululemon house parties in recent months.

But the items — some up to 50 per cent cheaper than retail — were knockoffs, says RCMP Const. Michael Bojaruniec, who investigates counterfeit goods.

On Sept. 1, officers busted a house party and seized about 100 fake pieces of clothing. Items were priced between $35 and $75 — compared with real Lululemon pants that cost about $100.

Read more at The Star.

iPhone 5: Fake Apple iPhone 5s in Chinese Stores Before Genuine Article


There is widespread speculation about when Apple will launch the iPhone 5 - but fake versions of the smartphone have already been available in China for weeks.

The specifications of the iPhone 5 are a tightly-held secret.

But at the Fangshitong Market in Beijing, fake iPhone 5s are selling for as little as £28 each.

Traders also sell counterfeit iPhone 3s and 4s, as well as knock-off BlackBerries and Nokia smartphones.

"The designs were stolen from Apple and posted on the internet," said one stallholder who would identify himself only as Mr Chen.

For full story, please visit Sky News.

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