A software license for Avast security has been used by 774,651 people after it went viral on a file-sharing site.
We found our licence code at a number of warez sites around the globe," said Vince Steckler, chief executive of Avast Software told to PC Pro UK. "There's a paradox in computer users looking for 'free' antivirus programs at locations with a known reputation for spreading malware."
The company said the liecense was sold as part of an order from Arizona and when they discovered the pirated use wanted to see how many times it would be used. They've now contacted the current users offering them a free level user license or the chance to buy an upgrade. This way they have the chance to increase their client base.
The licence is being used in 200 countries - and has even been installed on two computers in the Vatican City, Avast added.