August 14, 2008
Report Reveals Most Threatening Piracy Groups
Author: JT Smith
V.i. Labs issued a report revealing that piracy groups are fully exploiting security gaps in the common licensing mechanisms used in electronic design automation (EDA), computer-aided design (CAD), and product lifecycle management (PLM) software to produce counterfeit versions of these high-priced applications. In particular, the piracy groups TBE (the Bitter End), LZ0 (LineZero0), oDDity, and Zero Waiting Time (ZWT) pose significant threats. Because of the well-organized nature of these groups and their relationships with suppliers embedded in the software vendor operations, some of these piracy organizations are able to issue an average of 500 crack releases per year.