New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Could Help Automakers

(DGIwire) — Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes, threatening jobs and even endangering public health. In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $1 billion in counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. Counterfeiting can also be a huge safety issue. Recently, a luxury British sports car company […]

Shield Against Credit Card Data Theft

(DGIwire) — Take a close look at your credit and debit cards. Do any of them have a chip embedded in the front and a small icon with a set of concentric lines? If so, it’s an RFID (radio frequency identity) card—a “contactless” card that can be read from a nearby point-of-sale terminal or at […]

Pirates Beware: This GHOST Will Guard the Open Seas

  (DGIwire) — Pirates of the Caribbean might be a fairy tale created in a Hollywood studio, but maritime piracy is a frightening reality and a serious and growing threat to the maritime community. Modern-day pirate attacks are steadily on the rise and not only cause economic losses, but can be deadly. In fact, the […]

Tracing Stripped Copper: A Solution for the Wire Theft Epidemic

(DGIwire) — Copper-wire theft is at or near an all-time high in America thanks to the skyrocketing costs of copper, a still-sputtering economy, high prices paid by scrap metal dealers, and the relative ease with which wire can be stolen from unguarded locations and resold to recyclers who don’t care where it originated. Although metal […]

Detonating the Ticking Time Bomb of Faulty Electrical Parts

(DGIwire) — A corrosive influx of counterfeit electronic parts into America’s manufacturing supply chain is costing the U.S. government and its contractors untold billions each year. However, the problem is not just limited to those who supply government agencies. Recent reports show that consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year because of […]

Copper Thieves Beware: Planted Plant DNA Will Bring the Coppers

(DGIwire) — Copper is such a hot commodity these days that thieves are taking it from wherever they can find it, according to a recent article on From construction sites to railways and subways, suburban homes, and power plants and other critical infrastructure, copper is disappearing, adding to a $1 billion copper theft business […]

Counterfeit Goods: New Technology Offers New Protection

(DGIwire) — Polls show that half the population opposes any kind of counterfeiting, and believes the government should be more proactive in its efforts to curtail the practice. They understand that counterfeiting damages companies, manufacturers and many others economically, and in some industries can put lives in serious danger—for example, in counterfeit military equipment. For more […]

This GHOST Has Us Covered

 (DGIwire) — The 2013 movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the title character, depicts the true story of a U.S. cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Although the word “pirate” might conjure up images of Captain Hook or other fictional swashbucklers with big hats and bottles of rum, piracy is actually a very real […]

Luxury Bedsheets…Or So Says the Label

(DGIwire) — Over the years, one luxury Paris sheet maker has built its reputation catering to a high profile celebrity clientele. Current pricing for its 1,200 thread count queen set made with 100 percent Egyptian cotton will cost a buyer about $1,400 American. Or… one can find the company’s sheets in the online marketplace, which also claims to offer a […]

‘GHOST-ly’ Solutions for a Host of Modern Military Needs

(DGIwire) — In the wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, a wily pirate looking to commandeer the infamous Black Pearl, a cursed sunken ship brought back to the ocean’s surface, manned with an army of gnarly ghost sailors. Although the movie clearly strays far from reality, the […]

Fake Olive Oil? Fake Fish? Fraud Has Reached into What We Eat

 (DGIwire) — Interpol recently confiscated more than 1,200 tons of counterfeit food and 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages across Europe. Ninety-six people were arrested. But wait: fake food? How could this be? In fact, food—like much else in today’s global economy—is not always what it’s cracked up to be. As an example, specialty products such as […]

GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built to Outperform Stealth Aircraft

(DGIwire) — Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole […]