Counterfeit & Illicit Trade Monitor

By Hans Schwab | An illicittrade.com initiative 

Guy Buys Limited Edition Yeezy Snickers Online, Receives Cute Plush Slippers

The Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” are some of the most expensive sneakers money can buy, so when one Vietnamese sneakerhead spotted them for …

Shoes

Piracy will never be defeated, TV executive says

Dubai: The issue of piracy will never be solved, according to a senior TV network executive.<p>Estimating that “millions and millions of dollars” are …

Gucci defeats counterfeiter at WIPO

Luxury fashion house Gucci has recovered five domain names at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation …

Counterfeit pill boom fuels Fentanyl crisis

Former top cops want 'white market' in illicit drugs

Former top cops want 'white market' in illicit drugs, decriminalisation, more injecting rooms<p>A new report into drug-related deaths has proposed the …

How to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar

Cubans are back, or at least a little more legal than they used to be. They definitely haven't gotten any cheaper, so be sure you're smoking the real …

FBI warning about dangerous levels of bacteria from urine in counterfeit cosmetics.

The FBI is warning consumers about dangerous ingredients in counterfeit cosmetics and anti-aging products coming into the United States.<p>The …

Spanish Police Seize 10,000 Black Market Assault Weapons

Spanish police announced on Tuesday they had impounded over 10,000 combat weapons believed to be ready for sale on the black market to terror groups …

India source of half of Swiss illicit Rx med seizures last year

The Swiss medicines regulator Swissmedic seized just over 1,000 illegally imported medical drugs last year, with nearly half of all shipments …

Generic Drugs

Thai customs seizes 21 rhino horns worth $5 million

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from …

Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

Smartphones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Asus and Lenovo have been spotted sporting malware they apparently carried when they were …

Samsung

Only 17 Percent of Security Professionals Confident in US Government’s Cybersecurity Posture

A new survey of more than 200 security professionals attending RSA Conference 2017 has been released by Tripwire. Conducted at Tripwire’s booth, the …

UK faces €2 billion EU tab for China fraud

Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels after EU investigators found that U.K. authorities turned a blind eye to a massive fraud …

Fraud

Chinese juice maker signs up for product integrity platform

A subsidiary of Chinese fruit juice specialist SkyPeople has joined a technology alliance that will help it monitor and fight counterfeiting.<p>The Aigo …

Customer Engagement

Piracy Slowly Losing Steam with Internet Users in Australia

Fewer internet users in Australia committed any type of piracy in 2016 vs. 2015, according to a February 2017 report from Creative Content Australia, …

Net Neutrality

Massive illicit alcohol ring taken down in Turkey

Police in Turkey seized 40 tons of illicit spirits and 100 tons of raw materials used in their production at a facility in the coastal city of …

Alcohol

Food, drink industry 'needs fraud prevention, not just protection'

Audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clarke Whitehill has drawn up a step-by-step guide designed to help stop food and drink fraud in its tracks.<p>The …

Fraud

Uh, Turns Out, Your Store-Bought Makeup Might Be Counterfeit

Remember that bronze, shimmery M.A.C. eyeshadow you had sitting in your online cart that you finally decided to buy after two months? The one that …

Norwegian customs get a Kinder surprise!

Wrapped inside the Kinder chocolate bars, Kit Kats and other confectionary was hidden 1.2kg of cannabis resin.<p>“In the baggage there were various …

Hackers Breach Non-Classified System at Singapore's Ministry of Defence

Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Tuesday said that it hackers managed to breach a military system that handles non-classified information …

Bank of England
Patents

Canada's black market for illicit drug fentanyl booming

The number of illegal drug samples containing fentanyl has doubled every year in Canada since dealers began smuggling a black market version of the prescription painkiller into the country, new figures show.<p>The figures, based on samples seized by police and analyzed by Health Canada’s Drug Analysis …

Fentanyl

Richemont obtains trademark injunction against counterfeiters

Luxury goods group Richemont has obtained a permanent injunction against a number of online counterfeiters.<p>Richemont obtained (pdf) the injunction …

La lutte contre les contrefaçons de médicaments devrait s'intensifier

Les emballages de médicaments devraient être munis de dispositifs permettant de vérifier leur authenticité. Le Conseil fédéral a remis mercredi au …

Email scams could cost you HUGE sums of money so here's how to protect yourself

CRIMINALS are always looking for ways to fleece innocent victims and the internet age has given them plenty of opportunities.<p>Now experts have spoken …

Google and Microsoft agree crackdown on illegal downloads

US tech giants Google and Microsoft have reached a truce with the Government and the creative industries in a bitter and long-running battle over links to pirated films and music online.<p>The search engine operators have signed up to a clampdown that will see the UK’s copyright watchdog monitor the …

Net Neutrality

Most US firms would pay to avoid data breach shame going public

The majority of US businesses admit they would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars rather than deal with the aftermath of a data breach going public.<p>…

Valentine warning after £200,000 online romance fraud

<b>A woman who was convicted of money laundering, after falling for an online romance fraud, has warned about the dangers of such scams.</b><p>Hampshire Constabulary has released a video of the woman's story as part of a Valentine's Day awareness campaign.<p>The woman, referred to as "Jenny" on the video, lost …

Fraud