FBR issues clarification on use of pirated software


Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a clari-fication on the news aired by a leading news channel regarding use of pirated software by FBR for its systems.

FBR has clarified that IT services for Federal and Provincial tax authorities such as FBR, SRB, PRA etc are being provided by PRAL which also includes maintaining the data centers.

In the data centers there are numerous software products which are being used to perform different functions such as cyber security, virtualization, firewall, etc.

Key companies whose products are being utilized include Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, Kaspersky etc. FBR has clarified that the licensed versions of these softwares have been procured.

FBR has added that the original license of the product remains intact, if the support to the software expires. However, at times support for these services may not get re-newed in a timely fashion due to unavoidable cir-cumstances. —PR


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