"...Hacking and duplication (hacking of software aka warez) are the two illegal activities most widespread on Internet. The SEFTI, service of investigation into the frauds with Information technologies, is charged, since 1994, with tracking, in France, the hackers and hackers of software.
The methods of investigations are varied. The police officers of the SEFTI are present on the Net and the forums. According to Mr. Courtin, "the principal difficulty is not technical, it is the absence of rules concerning the files of histories, in particular in the providers of access. No text still fixed of date for the conservation of these data which are fundamental in an investigation. " Side equipment, nothing very surprising, the brigade of the SEFTI uses simple PC turning under Windows.
In spite of these difficulties, the SEFTI had more than 600 files in 1999 of which approximately 350 related to the hacking and the duplication of software. These last months, the Bijour site was the largest business uncovered by the service of Mr. Courtin. " It being a Web site carried out by two students who placed at the disposal 1500 software of plays, video and MP3. Their trade turned very well since they had 200 regular customers ". In 1999, the SEFTI dismantled the network Black Star, of the illegal distributors of software. This network was composed of ten people divided everywhere into France..."