In its latest strike against global cybercrime, Microsoft has taken legal action to clean up malware and help ensure customers stay safer online, writes Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel for the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit hosted the first annual Cybercrime Enforcement Summit at the Redmond Microsoft campus last week. The summit brought together more than 60 leaders and experts from law enforcement, academia and the private sector to share legal and technical solutions to confront the global spread of cybercrime.
Two weeks after Microsoft filed its civil case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the notorious Sirefef botnet, also known ZeroAccess, it appears that the criminals have abandoned their botnet. As a result, last week Microsoft requested that the court close the civil case in order to allow law enforcement to continue their investigative efforts in the matter.
Microsoft’s senior cybersecurity leaders share their predictions for the kinds of threats users could face in the year ahead, and there are some old enemies with new approaches to watch out for in 2014.
Last summer, Microsoft worked in parallel with the FBI to take down the massive Citadel botnet. The company’s new Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Wash., will act as a new headquarters for similar collaborative efforts between Microsoft, law enforcement, customers and partners.
Microsoft works with financial services industry leaders, other industry partners, and law enforcement to disrupt a global cybercrime operation responsible for over half a billion dollars (USD) in financial fraud.