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2015 State of Application Security Report

  • September 29, 2015
  • The illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material on the Web is extensive and growing rapidly.

    State-of-Application-Security-2015_Report-CoverFor the 2015 State of Application Security Report, Arxan and iThreat Cyber Group (ICG) analysed data collected over the past 3.5 years that looked at the distribution of pirated software and digital assets on the Dark Web (i.e., the portion of content on the World Wide Web that is not indexed by standard search engines) and indexed sites that are focused on distributing pirates. Thousands of sites were analysed in the process, including over 50 that are in the business of distributing pirated releases.

    The report describes:

    • The Volume and Nature of Pirated Software and Digital Assets
    • Today’s Distribution Model for Pirated Assets
    • The Economics And Business Implications Of Piracy
    • The Role Of Unprotected Applications In Enabling Piracy
    • Key Recommendations To Mitigate Digital Piracy

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One Direction T-shirt Faker Jailed After Making £61,000

  • This successful prosecution follows a Surelock investigation on behalf of TRAP.

    Fake celebrity t-shirts featuring the biggest names in pop including One Direction raked in more than £61,000 for a jewellery shop owner as part of a rogue printing operation.

    The illegal merchandise was sold over the internet and included bracelets and hoodies. They carried logos of stars including Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, The Wanted and JLS.

    Russell Potts was caught with the goods in a swoop carried out by Trading Standards officers at his pawnbrokers business Gold Direct Midlands Ltd, in Cradley Heath.

    The director, who admitted seven counts of trading in counterfeit goods, was jailed for 12 months at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

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Owner of London Wholesalers Found Guilty of All Charges at Snaresbrook Crown Court

  • In 2013 Surelock identified a number of wholesalers selling counterfeit music artists’ bags, which included amongst others The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, Justin Bieber and Bob Marley.  These premises were raided with officers from Hackney Trading Standards and large quantities of counterfeits were seized from two wholesalers,Tran Link Limited of 245, Hackney Road, London E2 and Angel Bags of 283, Hackney Road, London E2, both of which were owned by Mr Todien Tran.


    On Monday 21 September 2015 Tran appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court and contested all the charges pleading not guilty.  After a week’s trial he was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to a fine of £10,000 with £19,000 costs.


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Annual IP Crime Report 2014 -2015

Unusual Items Stolen or Recovered by the Police

  • September 22, 2015
  • In August 2015, Northamptonshire Police issued an online appeal for information relating to a burglary at Winwick Hall, near Northampton. According to the message, the crime occurred in June of the same year and items stolen from the manor house included “a taxidermied sheep and a wicker chair in the shape of an elephant.”


    Strange Items Stolen

    Hotels are a common target for petty criminals and many establishments regularly have toiletries, towels and bed linen stolen, while some opportunistic guests even manage to steal larger items, including television sets. However, a hotel in Bath called The Residence reported that sex toys were among its most common items stolen.

    Police stations, meanwhile, may seem like less obvious targets, but they also deal with frequent thefts, with some criminals managing to steal weapons, cars and other items of high value. With that said, Priory Road Police Station was the scene of a slightly stranger theft in June 2010, when a packet of six Sunblest crumpets was swiped

    A year earlier, both Cornwall and Devon Police recorded thefts of copies of Nuts Magazine, in separate incidents.

    Unfortunately, some unusual thefts are more sinister in nature. In 2012, Surrey Police were called after a teenager, Sam Edwards, was found to be selling micro-piglets from his garden shed. The tiny animals, worth around £700 each, had been stolen from a pig breeder after she had advertised them. Edwards was later jailed for 28 months.


    Unusual Police Raids

    Police raids often turn up a variety of strange and peculiar items and Surelock (Global Investigators and Security Consultants) have reported on several unusual items turning up in raids they have been involved with. These include “One Erection” condoms, fancy dress character heads of a well-known bear and stash lighters for storing drugs. The Metropolitan Police force also recently reported on unusual animal-related thefts it had been asked to investigate, including the loss of 39,000 bees, acrobatic pigeons, a bag of mosquitos and a cockatiel with one-and-a-half legs.

    One more alarming trend has been the rise of illegal wildlife products finding their way into Britain’s marketplace. Items which have turned up in raids have included rhino horns, elephant tusks and even lion skulls. In July 2014, Metropolitan Police issued a plea for Londoners to hand in any such items to their local police station, in a bid to raise awareness and help tackle the problem. The campaign was publicly supported by comedian Ricky Gervais.


    From the Grim to the Bizarre

    Finally, in July 2015, Greater Manchester Police were called to the city’s Bridgewater Canal, where a member of the public had apparently made a rather grim discovery. While walking along the canal, the man encountered what he believed to be a dead body floating in the water, wrapped in cloth or some other similar material. Taking control of the situation, the man decided to drag the suspected corpse to dry land, before calling the police. Manchester’s canal system has previously been the scene of a high number of fatal accidents and incidents, and investigators were quick to respond and arrive at the scene, fearing the worst.

    However, the discovery ended up being somewhat less dramatic than was initially feared. In fact, the ‘dead body’ turned out to be nothing more than a duvet filled with coconuts. Of course, the question of why someone decided to dump a coconut-filled duvet in the canal remains anyone’s guess.


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London Man Jailed for Fraud Offences

  • September 16, 2015
  • TRAP partner Surelock have helped South East Regional Organised Crime Unit secure another successful conviction.

    TRAPThe 46 year old has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for selling fake perfume including counterfeit One Direction product.

    Investigating officer, Det Con Matt Wilson, of SEROCU, said: “We are committed to relentlessly targeting organised criminals with the support of our partner agencies.

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Watch Out for Rugby World Cup Limited Lottery Scam

  • The City of London Police and World Rugby are warning fans to be vigilant regarding a growing number of scams in the form of fake lotteries or sweepstakes claiming to be connected with or authorised by Rugby World Cup 2015, Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and/or World Rugby.

    Rugby-World-Cup_0_0Fans are being contacted (mostly via email), in the name of (or using trademarks associated with) RWCL, Rugby World Cup 2015 and/or World Rugby (formerly known as the International Rugby Board). Some correspondence falsely informs people that they have won a competition through an automated ballot.

    Prizes are supposedly being awarded in a range of currencies that include pounds, dollars and rand, and can be claimed via the payment of an administrative fee, or by submitting personal details to an unofficial e-mail address.

    Won tickets

    Other correspondence tells people that they have won tickets to Rugby World Cup 2015 matches, with ‘winners’ getting the chance to travel to England and Wales to watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 tournament. If you want to buy tickets, see how to avoid being scammed when buying them online.

    A number of reports have now been handed to the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to handle. Their team of experts are reviewing the evidence and working to suspend the email addresses being used to circulate the scam.

    Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, from the City of London Police’s NFIB, said: “This appears to be a classic lottery fraud that is using the good name of the Rugby World Cup to try and persuade people they have won a genuine competition. It is very important that recipients of these scam emails do not make contact in any way with the sender and instead report to us, via Action Fraud.”

    World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset added: “RWCL and World Rugby wishes to assure people that it does not run any form of lottery or sweepstake connected to any of its events or properties, including Rugby World Cup 2015.”

    “Fan experience is at the heart of what promises to be a very special Rugby World Cup and we urge fans to be vigilant and contact Action Fraud immediately if any fraudulent activity is suspected.”

    To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

    You can now also sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

    Related link
    How to avoid being scammed when buying Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets online

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