Big Counterfeit Bust Shifts Focus onto Consumers

(DGIwire) — As anyone who has followed medical news over the last year knows, counterfeit medications have become serious business. This situation has been described as a global pandemic by The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which noted in May 2015 that 127 of a total of 196 countries had no reliable supply […]

The Hidden Price of Buying Cheaper Drugs Online

(DGIwire)  With more and more of the economy moving online—think Amazon, Airbnb and eBay—and supplanting brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems as if the next logical step would be purchasing all our medications online as well. The benefits, of course, would be to avoid waiting in long lines at the local pharmacy—and lower cost. Well don’t shoot the messenger: the […]

Fake Pills Place Pressure on Global Pharmaceutical Industry

(DGIwire) — When people think of counterfeiters, they often think of men clandestinely printing off scores of illicit $20 bills in shady warehouses by moonlight. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio’s character from Catch Me If You Can or Willem Dafoe’s more sinister counterpoint in To Live and Die in LA come to mind. But many people don’t […]

Beyond the Cloud: Securing Data in Our DNA?

(DGIwire)    Vint Cerf is one smart man. Widely recognized as one of the fathers of the internet, Cerf is currently vice president of Google. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Simply put, the modern web would not exist without him. Recently, at age 71, Cerf dropped a new technology bombshell: […]

Counterfeit Musical Instruments Sound a Sour Note

(DGIwire) — Here’s the scenario. Someone’s been looking for a Martin guitar for about a year, but he can’t find one within his price range. They’re great guitars—he saw Jeff Daniels holding one on the cover of Guitar Aficionado and knew he had to have it—but every one he finds is a little more than he can […]

How Mother Nature Can Prevent Bank Robberies

(DGIwire) – We might think of bank robbery as something romantic, in a way, as many people unfortunately do. Why? Well, when we hear the names John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd or Bonnie and Clyde, it brings to mind some daring, larger-than-life characters, along with a bygone era in which men wore hats, women were called dames, […]

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 […]

Helping to Lower the Risk of Tainted Prescription Drugs

(DGIwire) — Point, click, purchase: people do it all the time for books, plane tickets and just about everything in between. Many also now buy their prescription drugs online through a national pharmacy chain or mail-order program offered by their health insurance provider. The challenge is the host of illegitimate sites that are selling prescription […]

Proactively ‘Planting’ an Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Measure

(DGIwire) – By 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion. That’s more than two percent of the world’s total current economic output. In a CNNMoney report, Jeffrey Hardy, head of the anti-counterfeiting program at ICC, says the counterfeiting business is exploding—and it goes way […]

Avoiding Fabric-ations: DNA Makes Sure ‘100% Cotton’ is 100% Real

 (DGIwire) — The global spread of counterfeit goods, including textiles, has now reached epic proportions. According the U.S. Customs and Border Control, counterfeit apparel and accessories account for more than 50 percent of all seized goods. Textiles are an easy target because, unlike electronic equipment and weaponry, they are easy to ship and easy to make into near-identical replicas—a/k/a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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