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Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

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Would you willingly hand over your hard-earned cash or credit card information to organized criminals, who sell drugs, facilitate human trafficking, and support terrorists? Whether you realize it or not, purchasing counterfeit goods or accessing illicit content on the web is oftentimes fuelling international crime, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Breaking Bad Habits of Meth Dealers and Pirates

Breaking Bad Habits of Meth Dealers and Pirates

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Breaking Bad addicts just couldn’t wait for their fix. Within 12 hours of Sunday’s series finale, 500,000 illegal copies of the episode materialized online. At one point, 85,000 people were sharing the same copy of the episode, making big bucks for the website operators who invested nothing into the series. Sure, Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon all had it available to stream just 24 hours after the finale aired. And, of course, the episode was re-aired on AMC repeatedly and is on the network’s website.