由COVID-19引起的大流行病具有破坏性，其范围已经超出了具有高度传染性和致命性的疾病。它也促进了盗版的迅速传播-就像传播商业软件的非法副本一样。 与企业和消费者使用非法计算机程序副本相比，软件盗版所涉及的范围更大。潜藏在盗版副本中的通常是恶意代码-恶意软件-对计算机和用户的财务可能同样致命。 合规和许可管理公司Cylynt的首席执行官Ted Miracco表示，由于COVID-19并在家里工作，软件公司报告说盗版已增加了20％到30％。 软件联盟（BSA）的研究表明，全球使用的所有软件中有近40％没有得到适当的许可，并且由于未经许可的使用，软件公司每年损失的损失接近460亿美元，”他告诉《电子商务时报》。 Miracco指出，更具体地说，盗版软件有五个方面的后果，即受害者只有在被捕获或感染时才能发现。 1.远程工作环境正在造成一种情况，黑客可能会破坏在线堡垒以夺取公司的知识产权。 2.失业工人正在互联网上购买盗版软件以产生收入。 3. WFH员工正在非法复制其工作所需的软件。 4.互联网的普遍存在和向云计算的大规模迁移并不像它们可能的那样安全。 5.软件盗版者和黑客在隐藏自己的身份并逃避反盗版技术方面足智多谋。 自商业软件问世以来，就存在盗版软件的行为-非法使用和分发他人的软件。 Digital.ai安全产品管理副总裁Paul Dant表示，在大多数情况下，盗版软件会故意绕过软件安全控制措施，例如许可证和权利，以防止未经授权的使用。 Dant是一位经过改革的儿童黑客，曾是软件盗版者。
原文：The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has a destructive reach that goes beyond that of a highly contagious and deadly illness. It is also contributing to the rapid spread of piracy -- as in spreading illegal copies of commercial software.
Software piracy involves much more than businesses and consumers using illegal copies of computer programs. What lurks within the pirated copies is often rogue code -- malware -- that can be just as deadly to computers and users' finances.
Software companies are reporting that piracy has increased 20 to 30 percent due to COVID-19 and working from home, according to Ted Miracco, CEO of compliance and licensing management firm Cylynt.
The Software Alliance (BSA), research shows nearly 40 percent of all software used worldwide is not properly licensed and software companies are losing nearly US$46 billion a year due to unlicensed use," he told the E-Commerce Times.
More specifically, pirated software has a five-pronged consequence that its victims discover only when caught or infected, noted Miracco:
1. Remote work environments are creating a situation where hackers can breach an online fortress to seize a company's intellectual property.
2. Unemployed workers are buying pirated software over the Internet to generate income.
3. WFH employees are making illegal copies of the software they need for their jobs.
4. The ubiquity of the Internet and the wholesale move to cloud computing are not as secure as they could be.
5. Software pirates and hackers are resourceful at hiding their identities and evading anti-piracy technologies.
The practice of pirating software -- illegally using and distributing someone else's software -- has existed since the advent of commercial software. In most cases, pirating software involves the intentional bypass of software security controls, like licenses and entitlements, meant to prevent unauthorized use, according to Paul Dant, vice president for product management of security at Digital.ai. Dant is a reformed child hacker and former software pirate.
原文作者：Jack M. Germain • E-Commerce Times • ECT News Network