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Health supplement businesses in Taiwan warn of rampant fraud

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Frustrated dietary supplement businesses in Taiwan have expressed concern over counterfeit products being peddled online that not only hurt corporate profitability but als...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he haul...

Amazon Launches IP Accelerator in Singapore to Help Small Businesses Secure Trademarks and Protect Their Brands

IP Accelerator connects small and medium-sized businesses with a network of trusted Singapore Intellectual Property (IP) law firms that will charge competitive fees on key servicesParticipating busine...

Agency pledges tough action to buttress 'right to repair'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones, computers, videogame consoles and even tractors themselves, or to use independent repair shops, under changes being eyed b...

Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony li...

Fake COVID-19 vaccines emerge in Mexico and Poland

It is a horror scenario. People who trust that they are finally getting a longed-for COVID-19 vaccine and have perhaps paid a lot of money for it end up with: nothing, an ineffective substance, a fake...

New Economist Intelligence Unit report looks at the intersection of technology, crime and illicit trade

The report focuses on three technologies—encryption, blockchain and 3D printing—and how they benefit criminals and law enforcementThe tension this creates can be resolved on the enforcement side with ...

New Economist Intelligence Unit report looks at the intersection of technology, crime and illicit trade

The report focuses on three technologies—encryption, blockchain and 3D printing—and how they benefit criminals and law enforcementThe tension this creates can be resolved on the enforcement side with ...

Taiwan nabs smuggled cigarettes near disputed South China Sea island

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) found 1.63 million packs of smuggled cigarettes with a street value of more than NT$100 million (US$3.54 million) on a ship near the d...

US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hosp...

The Latest: Belgium to give AZ vaccines only to under-55s

BRUSSELS — Belgium will use the 443,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine the country will receive over the course of February to vaccinate people under the age of 55. Regulator...

China arrests suspects in fake COVID-19 vaccine ring

Chinese police have arrested more than 80 suspected members of a criminal group that was manufacturing and selling fake COVID-19 vaccines, including to other countries. Police in Beijing and in Jia...

Where is Jack Ma, China's e-commerce pioneer?

BEIJING (AP) — China’s best-known entrepreneur, e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, made his fortune by taking big risks. The former English teacher founded Alibaba Group in 1999, when ...

Possible break in theft of Canadian gold coin in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police raided homes and jewelry shops Wednesday on suspicion they could be connected to efforts to fence a massive 100-kilogram (220-pound) Canadian gold coin — piece by piece — t...

More consumer education and collaboration needed, argues new Economist Intelligence Unit study on the impact of covid-19 on illicit trade

There will be at least five lasting effects from the pandemic, including rising demand for certain categories of illicit goods and an exacerbation of the e-commerce problem. Those effects can be addr...