Microsoft Security Intelligence report - Most keygens contain malwares
Microsoft's latest report on data security, the Security Intelligence Report reveals that key generators (Keygens) softwares are a threat to the security of computer systems around the world. Programs that generates license codes or serial numbers used to activate "cracked" applications are increasingly being used to launch malicious attacks. The report, which covers the first half of 2012, provides in-depth analysis of the software vulnerability in 105 countries and regions, using data drawn from 600 million systems, 280 million hotmail accounts and billions of web pages processed by Bing. In 103 of the 105 of the regions reviewed, keygens where ranked in the top 10 of the greatest threats, and even number one in the United States, Brazil, France, Turkey, China, Mexico and Spain.
Keygens are not malicious are often paired or lead to malware and are now being classified by the Microsoft Security Center as being "potentially spyware software".
- More than 76% of keygens detected on systems contained malware.
- Read the full report of 800 pages (in English): [microsoft.com/security/sir/default.aspx]