Microsoft reported a surge of voluntary reports — more than 150,000 in the past two years — from people who unknowingly purchased counterfeit software that was often riddled with viruses or malware.
In response to this growing problem, Microsoft today announced a Consumer Action Day campaign to help protect consumers and increase awareness of the risks of counterfeit software. The effort involves education initiatives and enforcement actions in more than 70 countries.
“Fake and pirated software create risks for consumers, businesses and our economy,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “Counterfeit software may leave computers vulnerable to attacks, which is why I’m pleased Microsoft is working to educate and protect consumers. By guarding intellectual property, we also ensure that jobs and money remain in our communities instead of thieves’ pockets.”