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OpSec News Round-Up 8/4/2011

Posted by admin on Aug 4, 2011 5:42:36 AM
From Ikea to Harry Potter: A look at Chinese Knockoffs


If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then China is the arbiter of Western ego stroking. With faux versions of everything from Starbucks to Rolls Royce, it seems no popular Western brand is safe from Chinese reproduction.

For full coverage, please visit MSNBC Powerwall.

Couple Guilty of Making Thousands of Fake DVDs


A couple has admitted making thousands of fake DVDs worth tens of thousands of pounds in their family home.

Simon Evans, aged 43, of Borough Crescent, Oldbury, pleaded guilty to 32 counts of counterfeiting DVDs and CDs and one count of transferring criminal funds.

To read more, please visit Express & Star.

Made in China: Fake Stores


BEIJING—In China's "fake world," consumers can shop for furniture at an imitation IKEA store, eat a six-inch sandwich at an outlet strikingly similar to Subway, and then grab dessert at "Dairy Fairy"— where they might knock back an Oreo-flavored "Ice Storm" whose, thick, creamy texture takes unabashed inspiration from the famous Dairy Queen "Blizzard."

For full story, please visit The Wall Street Journal.

750 Imitation Goods Seized by Dorset Trading Standards Officers


Trading standards officers seized around 750 counterfeit items from a trader at Port-land Market.

Officers carried out a spot-check and found a stall selling fake copies of branded clothing, sportswear, handbags, perfume and other goods, including electrical hair straighteners.

To read more, please visit The Dorset Echo.

How to Spot Fake Tech


With fake Apple stores getting more and more convincing, the fear and likelihood of being sold a counterfeit product is growing. And while it’s China that’s in the news right now, counterfeit goods are a real and growing problem in the United States, too.

For full story, please visit PC Mag.

7T Goods Seized from Street Vendors


AL AIN: The Al Ain Municipality launched inspection campaigns and arrested a number of street vendors for selling goods on public roads.
The municipality confiscated seven tonnes of products.

To read more of this story, please visit Gulf Today.

Bangkok Red Light District: Arrests Over Fake Sex Drugs


Bangkok authorities arrested five men in a crackdown on sex drugs sold illegally to tourists in streets around the city's red light districts, Thai police said Tuesday.

Raids on July 25 and 28 netted several fake or unlicensed drugs such as Viagra, which is normally prescribed for men suffering from erectile dysfunction.

"We have received complaints from the public that stalls explicitly sell fake drugs to tourists in the evenings," said Colonel Paitoon Khumsraprom of the consumer protection police.

For full coverage of this story please visit The Sydney Morning Herald.

Stores Targeted in Counterfeit Crackdown


An HMRC pilot scheme to catch retailers who sell counterfeit alcohol has produced positive results.
Raids on stores in Boston, Lincolnshire, led to a number of prosecutions while many stores had their alcohol or cigarette licenses revoked or suspended.

Counterfeit vodka found in one of the stores contained high levels of the dangerous chemical isopropyl. The store owner said he had been sold it cheap by a doorstep salesman.

To read more, please visit The Grocer.

Potomac Mills Kiosk Suspected of Selling Counterfeit Products


WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- Virginia State Police recently seized hundreds of suspected counterfeit bracelets, earrings, necklaces and hair accessories being sold at a kiosk at Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge.

According to a search warrant affidavit on file in Prince William Circuit Court, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office began investigating the Noble Jewelry and Accessories kiosk, which was suspected of selling fake Hello Kitty, David Yurman, Juicy Couture, Dior, Chanel and Burberry products, in October 2010.

Between October and July, undercover officers purchased several items that an expert later identified as counterfeit merchandise, according to court documents.

For full story, please visit Inside Nova.

Prosecutors charge 15 in Vietnamese Fake Drug Ring


Charges have been filed against 15 people in Vietnam accused of counterfeiting a range of pharmaceuticals, including brands owned by Johnson & Johnson and Novartis.

To read more, please visit Securing Pharma.

Golfers Beware: Counterfeit Clubs Proliferate Online


A recent and well-researched article by Miami Herald reporter Matt Forman revealed that more than $1 million worth of fake clubs have been seized in recent raids and nearly 2 million fake golf clubs, posing as leading name brand models, are sold each year, mostly online. That’s enough to stretch end-to-end from New York’s Bethpage Black to California’s Pebble Beach – and back.

For more from this article, please visit Forbes.

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