International Data Corporation (IDC), “The Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software” (2013)

Counterfeit software is a major vector for the distribution of dangerous malware that imposes substantial costs on the economy and decreases the security of IT systems and data. IDC estimated that globally “the direct costs to enterprises from dealing with malware from counterfeit software will hit $114 billion” in 2013 and “[t]he potential losses from data breaches could reach nearly $350 billion.” High rates of IP theft also increase the risks of cybercrime and other security threats, particularly with regard to counterfeit software use.