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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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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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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Initial revelations and results of the Citadel botnet operation

Posted by Richard Domingues BoscovichAssociate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Just over two weeks after Microsoft, financial services industry leaders, technology industry partners and the FBI took action against more than 1,400 Citadel botnets, I am pleased to share that at least 2 million computers have been freed from the cybercriminals. As Reuters reported,…

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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 Joins White House, Private Sector Partners in New Effort to Combat Botnets

Posted by Eric WengerPolicy Counsel for U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Every day criminals exploit innocent, unsuspecting people by secretly overtaking their computers to carry out crimes. Networks of bad actors have assembled an efficient, resilient infrastructure of computing power called botnets to enable Internet-based organized crimes ranging from the distribution of malware to phishing solicitations…


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…


Wanted: Technology Breakthroughs to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Posted by Samantha DoerrPublic Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit There are few online crimes more heartbreaking than technology-facilitated crimes against children, which is why Microsoft is working with experts to advance innovation to combat them, including a research effort on child sex trafficking being introduced today by danah boyd and Rane Johnson of Microsoft…

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Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit Talks Cybercrime with “Worm” Author Mark Bowden

Posted by TJ CampanaSenior Program Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit I recently had the privilege and pleasure of joining author Mark Bowden and New York Times technology reporter John Markoff at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., where we spoke about Mark’s new book, Worm: The First Digital World War. Worm is an…

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Digital Crimes Consortium 2011: Turning the Tables against Cybercrime

Posted by Bill HarmonAssociate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit A recent report shows the global cost of cybercrime is greater than the combined effect on the global economy of trafficking in marijuana, heroin and cocaine. That staggering statistic underscores the need for the industry, academic community and law enforcement – those working to combat…

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