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Consumer Alert: Pirated Software May Contain Malware

You decide to order some software from an unknown online seller. The price is so low you just can’t pass it up. What could go wrong? Plenty. Whether you’re downloading it or buying a physical disc, the odds are good that the product is pirated and laced with malicious software, or malware.

Aug 01, 2013 03:00 PM

Consumer Alert: Pirated Software May Contain Malware


You decide to order some software from an unknown online seller. The price is so low you just can’t pass it up. What could go wrong?

Plenty. Whether you’re downloading it or buying a physical disc, the odds are good that the product is pirated and laced with malicious software, or malware.

Today, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination (IPR) Center—of which the FBI is a key partner—is warning the American people about the real possibility that illegally copied software, including counterfeit products made to look authentic, could contain malware.

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