GENERAL CYBER/ELECTRONIC CRIME
Citing a rising tide of complaints from people who unknowingly bought counterfeit software infected with malware,
Microsoft on Thursday announced the launch of educational initiatives and enforcement actions in over 70 countries to raise awareness of counterfeit software and to protect consumers. Such complaints have doubled in the past two years, according to the company, reaching 150,000, a fairly large number considering such reports are made voluntarily by consumers. … Microsoft claims that counterfeit software is becoming more dangerous.
It cites a 2006 IDC study that found 25% of counterfeit software attempted to install unwanted or malicious code when downloaded. More recently, German anti-piracy company Media Surveillance found that among several hundred pirated copies of Windows and hacks, 32% contained malicious code.
Date: 7 December 2009; Source: More...........http://www.darkreading.com/security/...leID=222000906