Intelligence: Cracked CAD From China


April 10, 2013: Chinese theft of Western technology includes cracking the security on high-end CAD (computer aided design) software and selling the stuff to Western users. Recently one of those American users (Wronald Best) was convicted and sentenced to 366 days in prison for buying 60 of these powerful and complex software programs from a Chinese man (Xiang Li) who specialized in finding people who could crack software security, as well as finding customers for the software packages that were illegally cracked. Li sold Best software worth $2.3 million for $6,000. That’s a discount of over 99 percent on 60 software packages that, on average, sell for $38,300 each. Li faces 25 years in prison. Best used his cut-rate software for work on American warplanes and missiles.

Two other Chinese are being prosecuted for taking part in this effort to crack and sell high-end technical software. The government has also found the identities of some of the Chinese and Russian hackers who actually hacked the security aspects of this software. This design software has made engineers and scientists much more productive. But this software is enormously complex and very expensive to develop. Selling pirated copies discourages developers from creating new software of this type, as well as forcing the developers to raise prices.


Article Archive

Intelligence: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close