Incident: U.S. defense researcher bought pirated software from Russians, Chinese
Description Analysis of the Incident
The software piracy is an ethical and legal issue which has been of a great concern for the software developers and all the entities that are related with the information technology. The incident in this issue that I am going to analyze was discovered though the investigation by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of the United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was found that the Best was the one of the top customers for the Crack99.com which is a site that sells the pirated software in the year 2008 and 2009.
The Best told the special agents that he has used the software to perform the simulations on the components the MPD was designing for the use in the military helicopters plus the Black Hawk helicopter and the presidential jumbo jet fleet generally referred to as the Marine One. The other projects on which the Best used broken software that included designing the Patriot missile parts the police radars and the breath analysis tools widely used by the American police departments.
The Best was verdict Monday in the United States District Court for the District of the Delaware for plan to commend the criminal copyright contravention. The investigators with the HSI accused the Best of encouraging the Chinese national Xiang Li and the Russian hacker to pirate the copies of the defense modeling programs and the other software.
The Xiang Li and a collaborator sold the cracked copies of the software on the websites including the Crack99.com and the Cad100.com between the April 2008 and the November 2010 according to the court documents. Various software correspondences they sold have the retail values of the $10,000 or the more.
The Best conversed electronically with almost 35 different computer code the crackers and bought more than 60 pirated software titles from the Chinese and the Russian sources, according to the court documents. Li pleaded was guilty in January to one reckon of the conspiracy to commit the copyright contravention and one count of the conspiracy to commit the wire fraud. He was awaiting the sentencing.
The software piracy conspiracy lift up the investigators concerns that the sophisticated representation software a number of which was on a United States restricted export list was going into the wrong hands.
The Best was working on the sensitive government projects and gets into the cahoots with the Chinese national and the Russian cybercriminals. The United States agencies required to be able to the trust their constricting the partners and the Best completely failed in his security concurrences with the government.
The HSI was tipped off to the Li’s actions by a software dealer and the investigation of the agency resulted in an announcement of the cracked software to a number of other dealers. A number of the software dealers had no intimation that their software was getting chinked.
The investigation might lead various software dealers to re-examine their anti-copying security. The agency had sought a three year jail sentence for the Best. The prosecutors said that the Best encouraged the Li and the Russian hacker to pirate the copies of the software for him.
The Best held an underground United States government security authorization the prosecutors wrote in the sentencing document. The Best became very quintessence of a compromised human being known to those who pretended an international menace to the United States. The Best lawyer, Edmund Lyons, said that the criminal the copyright sentences were the typically much shorter than the requested with the recent sentences averaging less than a year.
The HSI examination found that between the April 2008 and the June 2011 the Li sold about the 550 pirated software titles to concerning 325 customers situated in more than the 25 states and more than the 60 foreign countries. The software from almost 200 vendors had a retail value of further than $100 million.
1. The government should develop strict rules to protect the copyrights for the software so that the companies that develop the software can be develop
2. The colleges and the schools should increase the emphasis on the software piracy in the computer science and the IT courses for the undergraduates.
3. There should be importance of the knowledge about the software piracy and the software copyright regulations and laws in the jobs that involve the use of computer or the software development or software use.
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