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Welsh burglar had been targeting resellers

Simon Quicke
The involvement of organised crime in software piracy was a disturbing enough revelation but it has emerged that criminals were targeting resellers in a burglary campaign that ran last summer.

Details of the conviction of Nicholas Wright, a software pirate from Lampeter, Wales, who was sent down for 15 months after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary were published on MicroScope's site yesterday.

Wright and three other men who made a spate of burglaries in May and June last year stealing £190,000 worth of software and Judge Zoe Smith, who presided over the case at Reading Crown Court, said Wright and his accomplices, formed "part of a gang who committed professional, commercial burglaries".

The case was brought to court after an investigation by the Thames Valley Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit.


But speaking toMicroScope, Michala Wardell, head of anti-piracy at Microsoft UK, saidthat resellers had not only been targets of Wright but had ended upbeing on the receiving end of the criminal's activities.

"It is not a victimless crime...a number of members of our channel have bought from this guy," she said.

Wrightfirst came to the attention of Microsoft in September 2007 when he wasidentified as a source of dodgy software and confessed to the vendorwhen challenged and promised to stop offending.

"He then seems to have changed what he was doing but moved onto another type of crime," said Wardell.

Shewarned resellers to remain vigilant about who they were dealing withand if a deal seems to-good-to-be-true then it probably was.

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