Internet users face multiple malware threats when visiting websites suspected of pirating digital content.

This research study, published by EUIPO and carried out in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), touches upon this widespread phenomenon: the distribution of various kinds of malware by suspected copyright infringing websites, which lures users into disclosing sensitive personal information or payment card details.

Over 4,000 files containing malware or potentially unwanted programmes were retrieved from more than 1,000 websites suspected of illegally sharing protected content.

Find further information and the full research study here.

Source: IPR Helpdesk News
Identification and analysis of malware on suspected copyright-infringing websites