Real Life Example #2
The Business Software Alliance has reported
that a major U.S. university recently paid over $100,000 to settle claims
that it had pirated Corel, Microsoft, Adobe and other software on school
computers. A few years ago, a similar action resulted in a Department
of Commerce agency being fined $3M in addition to being required to purchase
licenses for the software found being used illegally. In 2000, the
BSA had collected over $47 million in corporate piracy claims over the
preceding seven years.
Real Life Example #3
In May, 2000, CDC experienced a severe
attack of the "I Love You" virus, resulting in CDC being unable
to access E-mail for several days as well as causing other system disruptions.
Part of the reason for the prolonged disruption was that the virus was
re-introduced several times, i.e., some staff disabled virus protection
software on their workstation and clicked on the infected e-mail attachments
in spite of cautionary warnings. The episode consumed much money and time
to repair, caused friction with our Departmental colleagues who had to
deal with infected messages coming from CDC, and was publicly embarrassing
to the agency.