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Microsoft Fights Hard Against Cybercrime

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  February 7, 2014

In an attempt to accelerate the current battle against the worldwide cybercrime issue, technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of a "_new state of the art Cybercrime Center specifically designed to battle botnets, malware and other various forms of internet crime_, "according to a recent article published by Entrepreneur magazine. The article indicates that this "_center_, "the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), is currently active in the disruption "_of the most serious cyber crime threats currently facing modern society._"

According to reports, security company McAfee estimates that the total cost of cybercrime was approximately "_$300 billion_" in 2013. The article states that "_one in five small businesses have now been on the receiving end of an attack and every day one million more individuals become victims of cyber-criminal activity._" The report confirms that the Microsoft DCU team – consisting of "_international technical and legal experts_" have been active "_working around the clock_" with a goal of securing the internet and "_making it a safer place._"

Assistant general counsel for Microsoft's DCU, Richard Boscovich, and his team "_closed down one of the world's largest spambots, which was infecting in excess of 2.5 million computers per day_", according to the article. After a "_temporary restraining order_" was issued "_against the spammers_" and with some additional acts by the courts, Microsoft was able "_to seize the computer servers that were responsible for infecting all the computers_" resulting in a successful win in the battle, according to the article.

The article quoted Boscovich to say, "_They were basic common law principles, used in a totally unique way to address 21st-century problems. I never envisioned seizing computer servers used as a botnet command and control center by using the Lanham Act's trademark violations._"

Read more in the full Entrepreneur article about the Microsoft Cybercrime Center and how they are making strides in the battle against these serious threats.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 7, 2014