Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Newsroom: News Archive

Cybercrime Enforcement Summit

Blog post
Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime
Feb. 20, 2014

Blog post
Microsoft hosts global consortium of experts at Cybercrime Enforcement Summit
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Fighting Cybercrime: A New Era of Collaboration
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Microsoft Cybercrime Center Conversations: Partnerships
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Cybercrime Enforcement Summit B-Roll and Soundbite: Rob McKenna
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Cybercrime Enforcement Summit B-Roll and Soundbite: Ernie Allen
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Cybercrime Enforcement Summit B-Roll and Soundbite: Eric Feldman
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Cybercrime Enforcement Summit B-Roll and Soundbite: Bob Ferguson
Feb. 20, 2014

Video
Cybercrime Enforcement Summit B-Roll and Soundbite: Jenny Durkan
Feb. 20, 2014

Press release
Microsoft enters into new global partnerships in fight against cybercrime
Feb. 12, 2014
Company joins forces with the Organization of American States, Europol and FIS to expand efforts to make the Internet safer for consumers worldwide.

Cybercrime Center Unveiling

Feature Story
Digital Detectives: Inside Microsoft’s new headquarters for the fight against cybercrime
Nov. 14, 2013

Video
Welcome to the Cybercrime Center
Nov. 14, 2013

Press Release
Microsoft unveils state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center
Nov. 14, 2013

Fact Sheet
Microsoft Cybercrime Center
Nov. 14, 2013

Video
B-roll: Microsoft Cybercrime Center Unveiled
Nov. 14, 2013

Images
Cybercrime Center Unveiling photos
Nov. 14, 2013

Malicious Software

ZeroAccess
ZeroAccess criminals wave white flag: The impact of partnerships on cybercrime
Dec. 19, 2013
The Official Microsoft Blog
How Microsoft worked with law enforcement and technology industry leaders to take action against a botnet that hijacks searches and exploits search engines.

ZeroAccess
Microsoft, Europol, FBI and industry partners disrupt notorious ZeroAccess botnet that hijacks search results
Dec. 05, 2013
The Official Microsoft Blog

ZeroAccess
Microsoft, the FBI, Europol and industry partners disrupt the notorious ZeroAccess botnet
Dec. 05, 2013
Global action aims to protect millions of computers infected with malware that is responsible for hijacked search results and click fraud.

Public-Private Partnerships Essential to Fighting Cybercriminals
July 25, 2013
Microsoft on the Issues
Microsoft reflects on yesterday’s @Microsoft Breakfast Conversation which focused on the role of public-private partnerships in fighting cybercrime.

Citadel
Initial revelations and results of the Citadel botnet operation
June 21, 2013
Microsoft shares initial results following the coordinated disruption of the Citadel botnets.

Citadel
Microsoft works with financial services industry leaders, law enforcement and others to disrupt massive financial cybercrime ring
June 05, 2013
Microsoft shares how it worked with financial services industry leaders, technology industry partners, and law enforcement to disrupt a notorious cybercrime threat.

Citadel
Microsoft, financial services and others join forces to combat massive cybercrime ring
June 05, 2013
Microsoft cooperates with industry partners and law enforcement in most aggressive operation to-date to disrupt the Citadel botnets.

Microsoft Takes Threat Intelligence Program to the Cloud; Provides Near Real-Time Data
May 28, 2013
Microsoft to share intelligence on known botnet malware infections with Internet Service Providers and Computer Emergency Response Teams in near real time.

Bamital
Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful, Clean-up Underway
Feb. 22, 2013
Microsoft shares initial results following Bamital botnet takedown and thanks CERT-In for their cooperation.

Kelihos
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Second Kelihos Defendant
Oct. 19, 2012
Microsoft reached an agreement with the second defendant in the Kelihos case and has subsequently closed the case.

Kelihos
Microsoft Provides Update on Kelihos Botnet and New Related Malware
Feb. 03, 2012
Microsoft responds to reports that the Kelihos botnet is alive and spamming again.

Kelihos
Microsoft Names New Defendant in Kelihos Case
Jan. 23, 2012
Microsoft files an amended complaint in the Kelihos case alleging that Andrey N. Sabelnikov, a citizen of Russia, is responsible for operating the botnet.

Nitol
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Defendants in Nitol Botnet Case
Oct. 02, 2012
Microsoft resolves the issues in the Nitol botnet case and has dismissed the lawsuit pursuant to the agreement.

Nitol
Microsoft Disrupts the Emerging Nitol Botnet Being Spread through an Unsecure Supply Chain
Sept. 13, 2012
Microsoft disrupts over 500 strains of malware with the potential for targeting millions of innocent people.

Zeus
Microsoft Names Defendants in Zeus Botnets Case; Provides New Evidence to FBI
July 02, 2012
Microsoft has identified and named two defendants as members behind the Zeus botnet family and will also be referring the case to the FBI for criminal review, turning over all of the evidence gathered so far.

Zeus
Microsoft Joins Financial Services Industry to Disrupt Massive Zeus Cybercrime Operation That Fuels Worldwide Fraud and Identity Theft
March 25, 2012
Microsoft collaborates with financial services industry in unprecedented cross-industry action against notorious cybercrime operation behind online fraud and identity theft.

Zeus
Targeting Cybercriminal Operations from Zeus Botnets
March 25, 2012
Richard Domingues Boscovich, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, discusses how his team partnered with the FS-ISAC, NACHA and Kyrus Tech Inc. to take action against some of the worst known cybercrime operations fueling online fraud and identity theft today.

Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Technology: The complex, critical frontier in the fight against child sex trafficking
Sept. 10, 2013

Shedding Light on the Role of Technology in Child Sex Trafficking
July 18, 2012
Microsoft funds six research teams to study how technology facilitates the trafficking of minors.

Microsoft Names Research Grant Recipients in Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking
June 13, 2012
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 a request for proposals from the academic community to better understand the intersection of technology and child sex trafficking.

Microsoft PhotoDNA Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight Child Pornography
March 19, 2012
Microsoft and NetClean make PhotoDNA technology available to law enforcement at no cost to help them fight child pornography.

IP Crimes

Microsoft settles 3,265 software piracy cases in US and abroad
July 09, 2013
Company makes continued progress in commitment to protecting its intellectual property.

BSA/The Software Alliance and INSEAD Study: Competitive Advantage: The Economic Impact of Properly Licensed Software
May 21, 2013
A new study from BSA | The Software Alliance and INSEAD finds that increasing the amount of properly licensed software in use globally by 1 percent would add an estimated $73 billion to the world economy, compared to $20 billion from pirated software.

Software Piracy Costs Billions in Time, Money for Consumers and Businesses
March 05, 2013
New Microsoft-commissioned study also highlights dangers for those that use counterfeit software.

IDC Study on the Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software Results Presentation
March 05, 2013
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China Takes Action to Stop Software Counterfeiting
May 16, 2012
Counterfeiter sentenced to more than seven years for manufacturing and distributing fake Microsoft products.

Microsoft Takes Legal Action Against U.K. Retailer Comet
Jan. 04, 2012
A statement from David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft.