Software Piracy costs money. The only way to deter software pirates is to ensure they understand that if a software piracy crime is committed then a full investigation is carried out. Disklabs Computer Forensics can provide you with this full investigation, utilising years of experience in this field. Disklabs have a team of trained computer forensics analysts, with access to cutting edge computer forensics software tools ready to investigate any occurrence of software piracy.
Statistics show that software piracy is considered to be one of the most prolific forms of crime around the globe. For software distributers this creates an ever increasing problem, and one which can affect their bottom line profits directly. Modern software pirates have developed some ingenious techniques and computer forensics can be used to assist software vendors in tracking down software piracy in many ways. Many corporations fail to realise that they can be held responsible for any act of software piracy undertaken by their employees if they are aware of the crime or not, they will be deemed to be responsible for the actions of the people on the payroll and are expected to enforce strict antipiracy policies in the workplace. For this reason using the services of a company such as Disklabs computer forensics to investigate any suspected acts of software piracy within the organisation should be considered of vital importance.
Disklabs Computer Forensics needs to consider two fundamental situations when approaching software piracy and the application of computer forensic techniques. Firstly there is a need to ascertain if the software in question is actually an illegal copy and secondly to attempt to ascertain the way in which the software was copied and distributed. Several computer forensic techniques exist to facilitate this process. Initially a full disk image of the suspect’s hard drive would be taken, using specialist software to ensure that 100% data integrity is maintained within the resulting image. Trained specialists will then use data interrogation software to investigate the contents of the disk image, and to judge as to whether the software in question is genuine. Once this initial investigation has taken place, efforts will be made to discern the source of any pirated software found within the disk image, and if the software was duplicated, then how many times. Popular distribution methods include P2P (Peer to Peer) file sharing applications and direct copies via CD or DVD media.