Monday, March 11, 2013

78% of pirated software contains spyware

Every third computer user that downloads unlicensed software, hoping to save money, risks to install malware. This is the conclusion to the international company IDC study "dangerous world of counterfeit and pirated software."

As a result of those infections users will spend 1.5 billion hours and 22 billion dollars for the detection, repair, and recovery after exposure to malware. And businesses struggle with damage caused by cyber attacks, it would cost $ 114 billion IDC report published in the Safety Day (Play it safe) - a global initiative Microsoft, intended to draw attention to the serious risks to consumers and businesses through the use of unlicensed software .

In a global study analyzed 270 websites and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, 108 software downloads and 155 CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and surveyed 2,077 consumers and 258 administrators and managers in Brazil, China, Germany, India , Mexico, Poland, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The researchers found that 45% of counterfeit software have been downloaded from the Internet, and 78% of the software contains different types of spyware, while 36% - Trojans and adware.

"Cyber ​​criminals hack into the code and 'stitched' in a malicious program - says David Finn, assistant general counsel at the Center for Cybercrime Microsoft. - Some attackers records every keystroke a person that can steal personal and financial information of victims or remotely turn on the microphone and camera of the infected computer, making it possible to watch the events in the room or boardroom. The best way to protect yourself and your property from malware threats - to choose genuine software when buying a computer. "

"The results of the survey reinforce that users and businesses are at risk of using counterfeit software, - said John Gantz, research director at IDC. - Some choose pirated software to save, but the use of illegal and vulnerable to virus software, have been threatened, including financial, both businesses and users. "

Among the main conclusions of the study are the following:

- 64% of respondents who used unlicensed software, encountered security problems;
- 45% of the illegal program slowed down the computer, so they had to be removed;
- 48% of respondents agreed that using pirated software, more worried because of the risk of loss of information;
- 29% of users are most afraid of losing personal data.

Infection of unlicensed software by malware has become a new way for criminals to benefit from users who are not familiar with the potential risks.

The IDC study also found frequent users install the software on their desktop computers, which is another way of malicious programs into the corporate ecosystem. 38% of system administrators confirm this problem, and 57% of office workers admit that the download software for personal use at work. At the same time, respondents indicated that only 30% of the installed software was not infected. 65% of administrators agree that self-installation of software professionals increases the security risks of the enterprise. Thus, the application downloads the staff can be a weak link in ensuring the security of the corporate network.

Today, most IT-experts consider the most dangerous cyber threats to business after the unstable economic situation. Exploits - is the most common way of malicious code on your computer. As a result, you may lose the confidential information, private and financial data, as well as damage the PC. Use of unlicensed software, only increases the chances of infecting your computer with malware, since it is informal, time is not updated and may contain malicious code in advance.

Learn more about malware and check their computers, users can online, if viruses are found, the resource will offer to remove them. Users who buy a new computer, it is recommended to contact a reliable vendor with a good reputation, to make sure that they buy licensed software Microsoft.

Detailed information about the study, IDC -

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