Microsoft Claims Mexican Drug Cartel Is Flogging Counterfeit Software

Software giant Microsoft has claimed that the infamous Mexican drug cartel, La Familia, is flogging counterfeit copies of its Office productivity suite in Mexico.

David Finn, Microsoft's anti-piracy counsel, revealed fake copies of the Office software during the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Paris, Bloomberg reports.

Finn said that the connection was made after the company discovered the cartel's 'FMM' logo on the software packages.

In a blog post, Finn said that the cartel was using money made from the illegal software sales to fund other criminal activities, like kidnapping, weapons trafficking and drug distribution.

“According to an analysis by the Mexico Attorney General published in other articles, the group’s illegal counterfeiting activities involved a sophisticated distribution network of 180,000 points of sale in stores, markets and kiosks, earning more than $2.2 million dollars in revenue every day,” Finn wrote.

"For our part, Microsoft’s team of 75 investigators, lawyers, engineers, and advisers will continue to build new anti-piracy technology to keep ahead of these sophisticated operations, work to enact new policies that will go further in protecting consumers, businesses and economies, and spread the word about the risks that counterfeit software carries", he added.

"We’ll also continue to work with the broader industry, governments, and other agencies to help reduce all of the risks associated with software piracy."