Looks like the apps of the Android ecosystem has become much more pure, thanks to collaborative effort among various agencies. U.S. law enforcement officials announced yesterday they have identified three Android app websites involved in copyright violations and distributed illegal copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps. The identified websites— applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com were the target of an international sting that involved the FBI, Justice Department and various Dutch and French law enforcement officials as well and have since been seized by the law enforcement officials.
The elaborate scheme worked in a fairly straightforward way too. Generally speaking, the servers storing the pirated apps in the “alternative online markets” were hosted by other countries. To confirm this, the FBI led an operation where agents downloaded thousands of copies of popular and copyrighted apps, all without permission from developers. It’s expected this may have taken some time as the FBI needed to gather and eventually, confirm the vast amount of evidence given to them. As a result of this, not only were the websites seized, but nine search warrants were also executed in six different districts across the country on Tuesday as part of the operation.
Software developers worldwide can now breathe a sigh of relief as it has one less thing to worry about.
source: PC World