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Pirated software a shortcut to malware and worse, says IDC report

John E Dunn | March 27, 2013
Consumers and businesses that choose to use pirated software are running an extremely high risk of malware infection while searching for and downloading it, a new IDC report on behalf of Microsoft has claimed.

Others have argued that software complexity is often the real issue for legitimate businesses trying to stay on the right side of the law.

What is apparent is that the campaign against piracy is struggling to make much headway as unlicensed installations are now running at three times their level when IDC carried out a similar survey in 2006. This is ahead of growth rates for the Internet as a whole.

Earlier in 2013, Microsoft put a clutch of Chinese software resellers on notice that it would sue unless a settlement was reached on alleged piracy.


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