Microsoft created an infographic based on a new study by IDC and the National University of Singapore regarding the cost of piracy. It illustrates their findings of how wide-spread piracy is and the correlation between piracy and security issues.
The study, titled “The Link Between Pirated Software and Cybersecurity Breaches,” also reveals that 65 percent of APAC consumers surveyed say their greatest fear from infected software is the loss of data, files or personal information, followed by unauthorized Internet transactions (48 percent) and potential identity theft (47 percent). However, 41 percent of those same respondents do not install security updates, leaving their computers open to attack by cybercriminals.
The study is part of Microsoft’s Play It Safe campaign to connect the dots between malware and piracy.