The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has warned of a new trojan infecting computers via counterfeit Adobe software after arresting a counterfeiter on Friday.
A 40-year old woman has been charged with selling fake Adobe products after the AFP raided her vehicles and her Victorian home, seizing a CD burner and over 200 fraudulent products.
The woman admitted to making fake copies of Adobe software and will front court for breach of the Copyright Act 1968 "at a later date".
The trojan buried within the counterfeit gear is capable of collecting personal information and exposing the victim to identity crime, the AFP said in a statement.
"This case highlights that the money you save from purchasing a cheaper, counterfeit product may come at a high cost to your privacy," said Peter Sykora, AFP commander of crime operations.
"Identity theft could place your personal and financial information in the hands of organised criminals," he added.