Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me

Long Zheng looks at the latest Microsoft research on counterfeit software and piracy and turns the numbers on their head

Does that mean 75% of websites accessed offer[ing] counterfeit product keys, pirated software, key generators or crack tools did not attempt to install malicious software? And are in theory, safe?


Does that mean an astounding 89% of key generators and crack tools downloaded from web sites were also safe?


Does that mean 41% of key generators and crack tools downloaded from P2P networks were also safe?

And apparently 76% of counterfeit copies passed activation, too.

This is purely satirical commentary, Long hastens to add. And they’re just hypothetical questions, too.

4 thoughts on “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me

  1. Funny thing is, the invisible hand of the free market probably works on pirates, too. Maybe there is honor among thieves, but I suspect the folks who are “savvy” enough to pirate Windows (and with Microsoft tightening the screws, I suspect it will become more and more of a Mensa test among not only the crack-makers, but the crack-consumers, too) are also savvy enough (or cynical enough) to inspect the system for anything like trojans and bots… and if a supplier is dirty, the consumer will spread the word and destroy his reputation.

    However, this probably won’t apply to the pirated software that is sold in the grey market to consumers in places like China and Russia (or even off the internet to Americans)… Those consumers won’t be savvy enough to notice the hidden spambot in the corner, and they probably wouldn’t report it since they realize the deal might have been a little shady…

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