A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people for allegedly conspiring to infringe the copyright of more than 5,000 computer software programs that were available through a hidden Internet site.
Twelve of those indicted allegedly were members of an underground international group known as "Pirates with Attitudes" that disseminates stolen software, including programs not yet commercially available, the Justice Department said. These included a Microsoft Corp. employee who allegedly supplied company programs to the group members and to the Internet site.
The remaining five defendants were employees of Intel Corp., four of whom allegedly supplied computer hardware to the piracy organization in exchange for obtaining access for themselves and other Intel employees to the group's pirated software, which had a retail value of more than $1 billion, the statement said.
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