In 2012, government security services in Italy seized 28,000 tons of counterfeit food labels or adulterated products that was falsely labeled during the year. The counterfeit foods seized were worth $684 Million (€500 Million).
47 percent of the counterfeit labels involved Italian wine products.
4.6 tons of fake foods involved canned tomatoes, which were falsely labeled as organic or being produced in Italy.
Source: “Food pirates peddling fake olive oil, Chinese tomato sauce,” Ansa, December 5, 2013.
In 2008, file sharing of pirated content online accounted for 31 percent of all Internet traffic, according to Sandvine, a network equipment company.
In 2013, file sharing activity accounted for less than 10 percent of overall Internet activity.
Entertainment officials attribute the drop to the rise in free online streaming sites. In a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, when ABC added television shows to popular streaming site Hulu, the illegal pirating of those shows dropped almost 20 percent when compared with a control group.
Source: Joshua Brustein, “Want to Fight Off Content Pirates? Just Stream Your Show for Free,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 2, 2013.
According to the Chairman of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong, up to 90 percent of all cancer drugs in Hong Kong are bought by residents of mainland China.
The mainlanders illegally buy the cancer drugs such as Herceptin in Hong Kong due to concerns about the medical counterfeit drugs and other safety issues. In addition, the cost to purchase drugs is cheaper than on the mainland. One man who was buying breast cancer treatment drugs for his wife stated that he would saave over $1,313 (8,000 Yuan) buying Herceptin in Hong Kong than in China.
Source: AFP, “Hong Kong’s illegal cancer drug trade driven by mainland buyers,” Google News, December 2, 2013.
The Black Guerrilla Family, a prison gang in the United States city of Baltimore, was running its operations with the help of prison guards.
It was previously reported that women guards were providing sex to inmates for $150.
According to the affidavit filed in federal court, male guards were assisting the gang by smuggling in contraband into the prison. Court documents state that one guard was making $3,000 to $5,000 a week by smuggling contraband to one inmate.
The way the corrections officer would smuggle items in to the prison varied by contraband. Many of the items, such as marijuana, would be hidden on the guards body. For cellphones, the guards would place the phone between pieces of bread and pack the phone as a sandwich in their lunch bag.
(More income and potential earnings from illegal jobs and activities.)
Source: Justin Peters, “The Best Tips and Tricks for Smuggling Drugs Into a Jail,” Slate, Crime Blog, November 25, 2013.
The academic journal Science reported that scientists in China pay between $1,500 to $24,850 to have their names listed as authors in academic papers.
One such paper that offered authorship for sale included a study on Alzheimer that was published in a legitimate Canadian journal.
The black market in authorship has around 27 Chinese companies that offer editing and research services. According to Science, the companies offer slots on papers written by legitimate scientists, plagiarize a separate paper, or create fake data and write a completely new paper.
Previously, the Economist magazine reported that fake research and academic papers industry in China generated $150 Million a year.
Source: Margaret Munro, “China’s academic ‘black market’ fooled Canadian journal, report says,” Province, November 28, 2013.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police saw an increase in the number of cases involving harmful counterfeit goods between 2005 and 2013.
In 2005, harmful counterfeits were involved with 11.5 percent of cases. By 2012, there were over 200 cases, or 30.4 percent of cases, that involved harmful fakes of toys, drugs, cosmetics, batteries and electronics.
In 2012, the counterfeit good that was most seized by the RCMP was counterfeit clothing and shoes, which accounted for 45 percent of all counterfeits seized, followed by pirated movies and music with 20 percent.
Source: Rita Demontis, “Beware of counterfeit goods on Black Friday,” Toronto Sun, November 28, 2013.
Romania’s Custom Service stated in a report that about 50 percent of all “brand name” products that are available for sale in retail shops in Romania are actually counterfeit.
Counterfeit goods from China enter the Romania market through smuggling routes that pass through Moldova and Ukraine.
Some of the items seized by security services in 2013 included thousands of counterfeit Bulgari, Patek Philippe and Rolex watches, as well as counterfeit cosmetics destined for the Britain market. Romania also has the highest number of counterfeit toys seized within its border each year.
The country has also become the starting point for smugglers moving contraband across European Union members. Fake luxury goods, smuggled tobacco and illicit drugs are smuggled from Turkey through Bulgaria and into Turkey on its way to various EU markets.
Source: Jon Coates, “Britain to be hit with a flood of fake goods as migrants swarm in,” Sunday Express, November 24, 2013.
Doxing is a term that is used when a person’s personal information is obtained and released on tot the Internet. Hackers on underground forums offer doxing services to paying customers that wish to find out more information about a target victim. The hackers who are hired accomplish this task by searching public databases, crawling through the person’s social media profiles, conducting social engineering techniques and infecting viruses on the computer to steal data.
According to internet security researchers, hiring the services of a hacker to dox someone costs between $25 to $100.
(More cybercrime prices here.)
Source: Ellizabeth Clarke, “The Underground Hacking Economy is Alive and Well,” Dell Secure Works, Security and Compliance Blog, November 18, 2013.
The winning purse of a cockfighting match in Los Angeles, California can be as high as $15,000, according to sheriff officials.
In 2010, up to 400 roosters were seized during illegal gambling raids in the San Bernadino area of California. In addition to the roosters, 43 people were prosecuted for running illegal cockfighting rings.
On average, about 100 people are arrested for cockfighting rings in California each year.
(More profits and earnings from black market activities here.)
Source: Sandra Endo, “Illegal Animal Fights on the Rise in LA,” My Fox LA, November 19, 2013.