Posted by: ccclib | June 27, 2011

Subscription Database Piracy

Piracy of scientific databases has led to stronger security measures.  In addition to using stolen university logons for spamming purposes, some enterprising data thieves have also begun using the credentials to facilitate illegal access to subscription databases.  Access codes and instructions for using them have been sold through services such as Taobao, a Chinese service similar to eBay.

In the past, individual colleges and universities handled access to databases and journals.  Now, in order to curtail piracy, some publishers are taking their own measures to step up security. “Unfortunately, the changes make legitimate academic use more difficult as well.” 

Read the full Chronicle of Higher Education story:

Academic Publisher Steps Up Efforts to Stop Piracy of Its Online Products

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