Microsoft Genuity Campaign

Non-genuine software is a cybersecurity risk

Software piracy is a widespread global problem. Cybercriminals are exploiting non-genuine software to spread malware, and users are exposing themselves to multiple security risks.

The Reach and Risk of Counterfeit Goods

39 percent of inadvertent purchases of counterfeit goods were bought through legitimage, online third-party marketplaces.*

Half a trillion US dollars-worth of imports across the world are counterfeit products.*

20 percent more malware was found on machines when users doubled their time on piracy sites.*

*Source: Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Us Department of Homeland Security, January 2020 .

“Source: Piracy and Malware: There’s No Free Lunch: Technology Policy Institute, March 2018

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