With the increasing number of pirate software patronage, the Philippines’ authorities target the e-commerce platforms reportedly selling those.
The Optical Media Board (OMB) found this in the past months in which telecommunicating and work from the home schedule and other distant learnings became the new norms.
According to the OMB, these reasons were the factors that increased the purchase and acquisition of unlicensed software. 64% of the companies only use a cracked version.
The chief of the department, Anselmo Adriano, revealed that “We have designated teams for monitoring of e-commerce platforms such as Lazada, Shopee, Carousell, and Facebook Marketplace. These platforms are where the sale of unlicensed software is prevalent, especially now that almost all purchases are done online.”
As well, Adriano further elaborated they will also conduct a government audit regarding the rampant usage of pirated software thru the national government agencies.
However, there was no additional disclosure on preliminary statistics on how much-pirated software is being sold on these online media, or how many government offices use unlicensed software.
With regard to the data of the bolster, he linked it to the “surge of unemployment and the immediate need to economize finances, employers and their employees, as well as teachers and parents, resolve to purchase unlicensed software. This is a fact. People do not see the need for licensed software, nor the dangers of using unlicensed ones. As long as it works, they are good to go.”
From records in the past six months, the OMB has seized 11,941 pieces of storage device, 100,257 pieces of blank discs, and 54,338 pieces of pirated DVDs.
As the pirate software patronage augments, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has hurled the Asean Safeguard Initiative to offer free consultations to companies in the region and promote the use of licensed software among businesses them throughout the software licensing process, and aid them to bust cyber attack damage.
Its Senior Affiliate Tarum Sawney observed: “since the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically changed how people work, BSA has made cybersecurity our primary focus in the Asean region”.
“With the rise in teleworking via online platforms and the normalization of work-from-home policies, businesses are exposed to higher risks of cyber fraud than ever before, and these online attacks have become more complex and damaging,” he concluded.