Thursday, November 14th 2013

Microsoft Unveils state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the opening of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime. The Cybercrime Center combines Microsoft's legal and technical expertise as well as cutting-edge tools and technology with cross-industry expertise, marking a new era in effectively fighting crime on the Internet.

Each year, cybercrime takes a personal and financial toll on millions of consumers around the globe. The Cybercrime Center will tackle online crimes, including those associated with malware, botnets, intellectual property theft and technology-facilitated child exploitation. The work done at the Cybercrime Center will help ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence.

"The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," said David Finn, associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. "By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone."

The Cybercrime Center is located on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash. The secured facility houses groundbreaking Microsoft technologies that allow the team to visualize and identify global cyberthreats developing in real time, including SitePrint, which allows the mapping of online organized crime networks; PhotoDNA, a leading anti-child-pornography technology; cyberforensics, a new investigative capability that detects global cybercrime, including online fraud and identity theft; and cyberthreat intelligence from Microsoft's botnet takedown operations.

The Cybercrime Center includes a separate and secure location for third-party partners, allowing cybersecurity experts from around the world to work in the facility with Microsoft's experts for an indefinite period of time. The dedicated space enriches partnerships across industry, academia, law enforcement and customers - critical partners in the fight against cybercrime. With nearly 100 attorneys, investigators, technical experts and forensic analysts based around the world, the Microsoft Cybercrime Center is well positioned to make it safer for people online worldwide.

"In the fight against cybercrime the public sector significantly benefits from private sector expertise, such as provided by Microsoft," said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation. "The security community needs to build on its coordinated responses to keep pace with today's cybercriminals. The Microsoft Cybercrime Center will be an important hub in accomplishing that task more effectively and proactively."
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34 Comments on Microsoft Unveils state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center

#2
Jack1n
Did Microsoft ran out of stuff to spend money on?
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#4
RejZoR
I want an office like that!
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#5
dwade
Microsoft's response team at the ready.
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#6
Vinska
Cristian_25H said:
The Cybercrime Center will tackle online crimes, including those associated with malware, botnets, intellectual property theft and technology-facilitated child exploitation. The work done at the Cybercrime Center will help ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence.
And by that they, of course, mean: "we are gonna bust every single ass of all those people who ever at any point in time pirated our software!"
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#7
UltraS

after a software update...
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#8
Hood
In partnership with NSA to bring you a nice, safe internet where no baddies can ever get you - don't worry, we know all about you, and if you pay us we won't tell your wife about the $900 strip club bill...
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#9
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I hope this division of MS is highly successful. Wish I had the brain to work in a place that. Kudos to MS for doing this. Kudos.
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#10
Vinska
TheMailMan78 said:
I hope this division of MS is highly successful. Wish I had the brain to work in a place that. Kudos to MS for doing this. Kudos.
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#11
v12dock
Does not look very state of the art with cables exposed and power supplies hanging
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#12
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Vinska said:

I'm not trolling. If they save ONE CHILD from being exploited then its worth it. If your pinched for pirating an OS in the dragnet then who's fault is that?

v12dock said:
Does not look very state of the art with cables exposed and power supplies hanging
Probably to keep everything mobile in a stainless steel room. I know if I was hunting pedos on the internet things could get nasty. Some of the stuff you would see would require a fire hose to clean the room to feel "clean" again lol. Dunno how the good guys see that stuff and still be able to sleep at night. Must be a SUPER tough job to do.
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#13
Vinska
Really, how much of it is reality and how much of it is just PR? Well, I don't know.
But after this long on the innernets, I learned to take good deeds from many corporations with a huge grain of salt until I see the actual results.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
Vinska said:
Really, how much of it is reality and how much of it is just PR? Well, I don't know.
But after this long on the innernets, I learned to take good deeds from many corporations with a huge grain of salt until I see the actual results.
Problem is you may never know the results of an operation like this. MS doesn't need the PR for this. If MS is doing something like this there is profit in it. If the motivation for profit stops some pedos for hurting children than I wish them the BEST of luck. MS is doing a good thing.
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#15
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
TheMailMan78 said:
Problem is you may never know the results of an operation like this. MS doesn't need the PR for this. If MS is doing something like this there is profit in it. If the motivation for profit stops some pedos for hurting children than I wish them the BEST of luck. MS is doing a good thing.
I fully agree with TMM on this one, I don't really care if nothing gets publicly shown, or if it is just for PR. If for whatever reason they catch any number of pedos during their effort then it's paid for itself. I'm quite happy to admit that my biological father is in prison for this very reason, and I have maximum respect for the people that put him and others like him there. I certainly couldn't do that shit without it messing up your mind.
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#16
Solidstate89
Microsoft actually has a pretty bitchin' history of taking down botnets. They've become masters of sinkholing massive botnets with tens if not even hundreds of thousands of bots and redirecting all traffic to a virtual black hole.

Should be interesting now that they have a new facility for all of this.

Vinska said:
Really, how much of it is reality and how much of it is just PR? Well, I don't know.
But after this long on the innernets, I learned to take good deeds from many corporations with a huge grain of salt until I see the actual results.
Why don't you look up takedowns like they did for the Kelihos botnet. They've sinkholed at least half a dozen major botnets, with Kelihos, Zeus and Citadel being some of the most well known.
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#17
james888
With great power comes great responsibility!
Who watches those who watch us!
When Microsoft came for the Botnets,
I remained silent;
I did not have a Botnet.
When they locked up the Pedos,
I remained silent;
I was not a Pedo.
When they came for the Malware,
I did not speak out;
I was not use Malware
When they came for the Pirates
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Pirate
When all was said and done,
there were more and they started all over again.


Ok done trolling. Honestly this is good.
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#18
AphexDreamer
james888 said:
With great power comes great responsibility!
Who watches those who watch us!
When Microsoft came for the Botnets,
I remained silent;
I did not have a Botnet.
When they locked up the Pedos,
I remained silent;
I was not a Pedo.
When they came for the Malware,
I did not speak out;
I was not use Malware
When they came for the Pirates
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Pirate
When all was said and done,
there were more and they started all over again.


Ok done trolling. Honestly this is good.
Oh so you are a troll? Then they are coming for you too.
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#19
phanbuey
TheMailMan78 said:
Problem is you may never know the results of an operation like this. MS doesn't need the PR for this. If MS is doing something like this there is profit in it. If the motivation for profit stops some pedos for hurting children than I wish them the BEST of luck. MS is doing a good thing.
You're right! this is a great idea... the jokes are coming because MS trying to execute it. Maybe it'll be super successful like BING or the Zune.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
TheMailMan78 said:
Problem is you may never know the results of an operation like this. MS doesn't need the PR for this. If MS is doing something like this there is profit in it. If the motivation for profit stops some pedos for hurting children than I wish them the BEST of luck. MS is doing a good thing.
I suspect it has a lot less to do with children and a lot more to do with cutting down spam emails on Outlook/Hotmail/Live. It is win-win for Microsoft because they can make a profit off of contracting cyber security work on the side. The timing may coincide with the Obamacare rollout as well. The healthcare industry is likely to be getting more serious about cyber security because of the healthcare exchanges and that means money for companies like Microsoft that positioned themselves to respond.
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#21
theoneandonlymrk
TheMailMan78 said:
Problem is you may never know the results of an operation like this. MS doesn't need the PR for this. If MS is doing something like this there is profit in it. If the motivation for profit stops some pedos for hurting children than I wish them the BEST of luck. MS is doing a good thing.
Since you went with the pedo argument who can argue that it's anything but a great idea I am certainly not going to.
What I do agree should happen is a degree of openness and regulation of the watchers, all of them.
We don't want version ten being the worst big brother in the world or going all cyberdyne on our asses :p
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#22
haswrong
will sit there all day checking in-game crime in steam games.. :cool: for nothing short of the ceo wage of course :pimp:
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#24
Prima.Vera
Except US they don't have any other jurisdicktion to enforce any laws or such...
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#25
Solidstate89
Prima.Vera said:
Except US they don't have any other jurisdicktion to enforce any laws or such...
They don't work alone. They've always worked with law enforcement agencies like the FBI when sinkholing and bringing down the past botnets. They even filed a civil lawsuit against the owner/creator of the Kelihos botnet after they sunk it.

They have plenty of authority when they're backed up by the FBI's cybercrime division.
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