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Hackers take counterfeit drugs scheme to universities and colleges


Drug dealers are invading colleges and universities throughout the country and you'd never even know it. They're selling millions of counterfeit drugs, but they never set foot on campus.

Instead they're using hackers to hijack websites.

"It's more than just selling counterfeit goods," said Damon McCoy, a computer scientist and assistant professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. "There's a lot of collateral damage being done in the marketing."

For years he's been trying to track counterfeit pharmaceuticals from your spam folder to your search engine. Multiple times he's found hackers targeting higher education to push their counterfeit pills.

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