New research forecasts the staggering cost of cybercrime

Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel & Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center A new study released Tuesday reaffirms what we in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have seen for some time now – cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the world. The study, conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore…

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Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime

Posted by David FinnExecutive Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center Last week, Microsoft hosted our first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit. More than 60 global law enforcement leaders and cybercrime experts met in Redmond for two days of closed-door sessions, discussing best practices and concrete steps to protect people online. As I reflect upon…

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Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

Posted by Steve WiensEditor, Stories Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud and worse. The scope is staggering. Half of online adults have been victims of botnets…

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Technology: The complex, critical frontier in the fight against child sex trafficking

Posted by Samantha DoerrDirector, Public Affairs & Child Protection, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit On Monday, I had the privilege of participating in an @Microsoft Conversation at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus with leading academics and experts working to better understand – in scientifically measurable ways – the role that technology plays in the issue of domestic…

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Public-private partnerships essential to fighting cybercriminals

Posted by Richard Domingues BoscovichAssistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being able to serve as a panelist at an @Microsoft Breakfast Conversation held at Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center in Washington, D.C., an event which focused on how public-private partnerships can be a useful tool in fighting cybercrime,…

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Microsoft takes botnet threat intelligence program to the cloud; provides near real-time data

Posted by TJ CampanaDirector of Security, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Protecting people is at the forefront of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit’s fight against cybercrime. When we launched the Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security) program in 2010 to proactively combat botnets, we knew that cleaning the malware-infected computers of people around the world…


Microsoft Names Research Grant Recipients in Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

Posted by Samantha DoerrPublic Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit In order to effectively solve difficult societal problems, we must first understand them. With the belief that research can open the door to effective interventions in the fight against modern day slavery, in December the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Research partnered to release…


Microsoft Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight High-Tech Crimes

Posted by Bill HarmonAssociate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has provided $2.3 million in technology to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to further the center’s efforts to equip law enforcement with the skills and resources needed to combat economic and high-tech crimes. Microsoft has partnered with…


Teaming Up to Fight Human Trafficking

Posted by Steve LippmanDirector, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Issues of forced labor and human trafficking for labor have gained increasing attention, as well they should. Earlier this month, a leading international agency – The International Organization for Migration – reported that it handled 43 percent more labor trafficking cases in 2011 than just three years before….

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Microsoft PhotoDNA Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight Child Pornography

Posted by Bill HarmonAssociate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit The scale of the online child pornography problem and the amount of data associated with these types of investigations is massive. This is why we are proud to announce that we are partnering with NetClean to make our Microsoft PhotoDNA image matching technology available to…