Cybercrime - Pharma Anti-Counterfeiting - 21st Aug 2017View this newsletter in full
Online shoppers duped into buying fake medicines, makeup
New research finds counterfeit goods still pose a significant risk to consumers. More than one-quarter of respondents (27%) said they had unwittingly purchased non-genuine consumer goods online. This included makeup (32%), skincare (25%), supplements (22%) and medication (16%). Brand websites were most trusted (89%), followed by online marketplaces (74%), online pharmacies (67%) and mobile apps (67%).
7th Aug 2017 - AJP.com.au
Opinion: 'Fake medicines are a growing problem, around 7% of the global market'
Fake medicines bypass tough safety and quality controls that apply to legitimate products so the person taking them has no assurances that the medicine is safe to take and puts their health at risk as a result. As falsifications become more sophisticated, the risk of fake medicines reaching patients in Europe increases every year. All types of medicines can be “falsified” – branded products, generic products, life-saving medicines and so-called “lifestyle” drugs. People assume that fake medicines only come from illicit sources such as unregulated websites, and this is largely true as the internet offers endless possibilities for criminals to sell illegal medicines for profit.
30th Jul 2017 - The Journal.ie
Dark Web drug network operated from gated community in Altadena, feds say
A group of Southern Californians have been accused of operating a multimillion-dollar drug distribution network on the dark Web from a gated community in Altadena, federal prosecutors said. According to investigators, the group ran two underground drug distribution businesses. In the four years the network operated, the group sold drugs for more than $7 million worth of Bitcoin, the semi-anonymous digital currency, prosecutors said
18th Aug 2017 - Los Angeles Times