Hanoi cops nab two for insider software piracy

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Hanoi police have arrested two men for illegally selling license keys to the anti-virus program BitDefender.

 

Hanoi police say they arrested Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, 27, and his younger brother, Nguyen Ngoc Thang, 21, after the pair were handed VND200 million (US$10,498) at a coffee shop in Thanh Xuan District Wednesday.

 

The money was intended to be a deposit on 13,5000 license keys to the anti-virus program that Thanh and his partner Nguyen Manh Ha  planned to sell to a third-party for VND842.5 million (US$44,225), police said.  They did not elaborate on the intended buyer's identity.

 

Initial reports indicated that Thanh, who started working as a BitDefender sales agent for VIAMI Software last November, received a database of license keys from Ha, a technician at the same company, in March.

 

Early this month Thanh and Ha decided to sell the keys online and split the profits, police said, noting that Ha stole the database from a VIAMI accountant.

 

According to Tran Phuong Anh, chief representative of BitDefender Vietnam, the suspects sold the keys at two-thirds of the company's listed price.

 

Investigations are ongoing.

 

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