Widespread usage of bootleg software

Around one out of four software programmes used in Austria was purchased illegally, an international trade organisation has disclosed.The Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced today (Thurs) that approximately 25 per cent of PC and laptop software Austrians were currently working with were pirate copies. The BSA added that the global share of bootleg software was 42 per cent whereas 35 per cent of programmes used in the 27 European Union (EU) member states were pirate editions.Meanwhile, the Austrian interior ministry said that police were informed about nearly 1,500 cases of potential cyber crimes like bullying and fraud last year, up sharply from only 38 reported incidents in 2009.