Learn to Fight Online Fraud During Cyber Awareness Month

Jacqueline Beauchere, Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog:   Lottery scams, advance-fee fraud, phishing attacks and fake anti-virus alerts. These are just a few ways criminals are attempting to gain access to your personal information to steal money, and impersonate you or hijack your good name. On average, adults…

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Phishing: not just for banks

From the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog: When people think of phishing (a deception to trick a user into sharing their credentials with a third party), they might usually think of banking. But with the popularity of online games, they can still be a target even if they protect their banking information. A typical reason…

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Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security

Today, I’m happy to announce we are releasing Building Global Trust Online Volume 2: Policymaker Guide to Privacy, Safety, and Security at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Complimentary copies are available for conference attendees at the Microsoft booth, and a digital version is available online.  The guide…

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Hotmail declares war on graymail

Dick Craddock writes on the Inside Windows Live Blog: In previous posts on our blog, we talked about how we’ve reduced true spam in the inbox to under 3% using SmartScreen™ filtering. But we realized that getting rid of true spam wasn’t enough, because 75% of the email messages that people reported as spam are…

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Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock

Richard Boscovich, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, writes on the Official Microsoft Blog: Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th. Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month…

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A New Tool in the Fight against Fraud

Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog Today in Washington, DC, the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and other leading industry and consumer protection organizations are announcing the worldwide launch of Internet Fraud Alert. It’s a new program to help make the Internet…

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Phishing – what is is, and how it relates to your webmail credentials

The Windows Live team blogs writes: Thanks to coordinated efforts across the tech industry, and partnerships between industry players who are a part of the Anti-Phishing working group, over the years most web services, users and other applications have become smarter at spotting tricks like link manipulation, phone phishing, and forged websites. Cybercriminals have adapted…

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Phishing scheme affecting some Hotmail customers

The Windows Live Team Blog writes: Over the weekend Microsoft learned that several thousand Windows Live Hotmail customers’ credentials were exposed on a third-party site due to a likely phishing scheme. Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers. As…

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IE 8 SmartScreen Protects Against Identity-Stealing Malware

  From the IE8 team:   Over the last year, we’ve published two posts about how the IE8 SmartScreen® filter helps to prevent phishing and malware attacks.  In this post, I’d like to share some real-world data on the protection provided to IE8 pre-release users by the anti-malware feature.  We’ve invested heavily in this feature,…

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Kim Cameron on Information Cards as a solution to site redirection

Kim Cameron, Chief Architect of Identity in the Connected Systems Division at Microsoft has an interesting post up about at his Laws of Identity blog on the vulnerability of passwords to “site redirection”, a problem that Information Cards don’t have: The UK’s Register has been running a a series of articles by John Leyden  (here, here…

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