KARACHI (PR) – According to a Microsoft-commissioned study conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) the chances of infection by unexpected malware are one in three for consumers and three in 10 for businesses. As a result of these infections, the research shows that consumers will spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malware, while global enterprises will spend $114 billion to deal with the impact of a malware-induced cyber attack. The IDC study, titled “The Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software was released as part of Microsoft’s “Play It Safe” campaign, a global initiative to bring awareness to issues related to software piracy.

The global study analyzed 270 websites and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, 108 software downloads, and 155 CDs or DVDs, and it interviewed 2,077 consumers and 258 IT managers or chief information officers in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.