The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has warned against buying cheap counterfeit computing products after seizing pirated software goods containing a Trojan virus from a resident in Lyndhurst, Victoria.
A 40-year old woman has been charged with selling fraudulent software. This included Adobe software which contained a Trojan virus capable of gathering personal for identity theft crimes.
The AFP also seized a compact disc burner and more than 200 counterfeit software products.
“One study of Intellectual Property crime estimated one in five Australian households had knowingly purchased pirated computer or video goods,” AFP commander of crime operations, Peter Sykora, said in a statement.
“This case highlights the money you save from purchasing a cheaper, counterfeit product may come at a high cost to your privacy.
Identity theft could place your personal and financial information in the hands of organised criminals.”
The maximum penalty for selling counterfeit goods in Australia is five years imprisonment and two years for trademark offences.