Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Permanent Canine Unit In Malaysia?

Malaysia may set up a permanent canine unit to better fight software piracy following successful raids by Lucky and Flo. The two sniffer dogs are currently on a stint in Malaysia in an operation codenamed "double trouble".

The dogs are trained specifically to sniff out polycarbonate, found in optical discs such as music CDs and DVDs. Since their debut last month, Lucky and Flo have successfully led local enforcement officers to uncover secret plants, hidden storage and compartments in warehouses that have gone unnoticed in the past.

More than 150,000 DVDs were found hidden in a secret room behind a shop lot near Petaling Jaya. "Our officers would not have found it without the help of these dogs that have led us to finding the pirated discs hidden in a special storage room behind the premise," said Firdus Zakaria, Asst Director, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Malaysia.

The dogs are so good at what they do, that they are now the target of death threats by pirates in southern Johore. The pirates put a bounty on Lucky and Flo after the dogs successfully busted their shipments.

Until now, Johore was the toughest state to rein in when it came to pirated DVDs because of the complex supply line and network of runners. "There are parties who want these dogs dead, but we can't trace who they are, nevertheless we will take all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of these dogs so that nothing untoward will happen to them," said Firdus Zakaria, Asst Director, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Malaysia.

The dogs are being housed in a top secret location and there is extra security when they report for duty. Despite the death threats from pirates and many obstacles in their way, Lucky and Flo have proven their prowess once again by helping the Malaysian authorities in seizing millions of copies of pirated CDs and DVDs.

A testimony that a canine unit is effective in the fight against optical disc piracy. Source - (Channel Newsasia)
A related report in TheStar:
Lucky and Flo crack another case – again



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