Thursday, June 03, 2004

Undercover agents fight net piracy

He works undercover, has an online identity which he cannot reveal to anyone for fear of exposure and has to maintain anonymity or face threats to his personal security.

In the murky world of organised crime and piracy, the investigator known only as Mr X has the job of, in his own words, "cleaning the internet of some of the filth out there".
It may sound like the synopsis for the latest Hollywood spy thriller but Mr X has a much more down-to-earth name in real life and works for the Business Software Alliance.

He is one of a team of investigators employed by the BSA to patrol the internet and take action against online pirates.

Legal action against 9,142 companies
Handled 57,625 calls
Followed up 7,929 leads

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