Shops pinged for pirated software

Microsoft New Zealand says it has received a total of $34,000 in compensation from six independent computer stores in Auckland that it caught selling pirated versions of its software.

"It tends to be the smaller, local computer stores that are the ones selling unauthorised software," legal counsel Clayton Noble said.

"We don't put these people out of business, but it's important that we stop them selling the unauthorised software."

New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of software piracy in the world, at 22 per cent, according to estimates supplied by the Business Software Alliance, of which Microsoft is a member.

Microsoft said its "Digital Crimes Unit" had found cybercriminals were trying to install malware in pirated copies of software destined for retail stores.