Microsoft official: Web virus authors winning battle

Thursday, 4 December 2003, 11:51 AM EST

Creators of computer viruses are winning the battle with law enforcers and getting away with crimes that cost the global economy some $13 billion this year, a Microsoft official said on Wednesday.

Counterfeit centres are shifting from California and Western Europe to countries including Paraguay, Colombia and Ukraine said David Finn, Microsoft's director of digital integrity for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In Asia, pirate plants have emerged in Vietnam, Macao, and Myanmar (Burma) in addition to more established facilities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

"So far they are getting away with it. They are winning by a considerable margin. Very few have been identified or prosecuted or punished," Finn said.

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