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ZeroAccess criminals wave white flag: The impact of partnerships on cybercrime
The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich , Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit . 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, I am...
19 Dec 2013
Hot on the Trail of the Rustock Botnet
In March, we announced that Microsoft had, with the help of industry partners and law enforcement, taken down the notorious spamming botnet, Rustock. Since that time, I’m happy to report that the botnet has stayed dead. Our technical countermeasures have worked effectively to prevent the bot’s...
6 Jun 2011
Weekend Reading: April 8th Edition – Gartner predicts Windows Phone will overtake iPhone by 2015
Lots of great Microsoft news from all across the company this week, including yet another prediction from an independent research firm that Windows Phone will continue to grab a bigger piece of the worldwide market for smartphones. Also, Microsoft announced a new deal with Japanese automaker Toyota Motor...
8 Apr 2011
Microsoft Names New Defendant in Kelihos Case
Since taking down the Kelihos botnet with our partners Kyrus Inc. and Kaspersky Labs in September , the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has continued to actively investigate the case and pursue new leads with the goal of holding the perpetrators behind the botnet accountable for their actions. In an...
23 Jan 2012
Weekend Reading: Oct. 28th Edition–Nokia Announces Two New Windows Phones, Office Unveils the Future of Productivity and Microsoft is Named the No. 1 Global Workplace
It’s been a heck of a week on the news front here at Microsoft. First, Nokia announced its first two smartphones running the Windows Phone mobile platform. Next, the Office team unveiled a concept video that shows its vision of the future of productivity. Then, it was announced late Thursday night...
28 Oct 2011
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Second Kelihos Defendant
Last September , I shared that Microsoft, Kaspersky and Kyrus Inc. took action against the Kelihos botnet, the first case in which Microsoft named a defendant in one of its civil cases involving a botnet. In January , based on new evidence in the case, Microsoft amended its original complaint and named...
19 Oct 2012
Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway
The following is a post by Richard Domingues Boscovich , Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit . Two weeks after Microsoft and Symantec’s collaborative takedown of the Bamital botnet, I’m pleased to report that the Bamital botnet remains offline. Additionally, since...
22 Feb 2013
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Defendants in Nitol Case
Two weeks ago, I wrote about how a Microsoft study looking into unsecure supply chains led to the discovery of the emerging Nitol botnet, which was hosted by the 3322.org domain. In order to address this threat, Microsoft filed suit to take control of the 70,000 malicious subdomains hosted on 3322.org...
2 Oct 2012
Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case
Building on the recent successes of the Rustock and Waledac botnet takedowns, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has taken down the Kelihos botnet in an operation codenamed “Operation b79” using similar legal and technical measures that resulted in our previous successful botnet...
27 Sep 2011
Microsoft, Europol, FBI and industry partners disrupt notorious ZeroAccess botnet that hijacks search results
The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich , Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. For the third time this year, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has successfully disrupted a dangerous botnet that has impacted millions of innocent people. Today, we’re...
5 Dec 2013
Microsoft works with financial services industry leaders, law enforcement and others to disrupt massive financial cybercrime ring
The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. In our most aggressive botnet operation to date, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit worked with leaders of the financial services industry, other technology industry partners and the...
6 Jun 2013
Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime
Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and worse. The scope is staggering. Half of online adults...
14 Nov 2013
In Pursuit of Cyber Crime
Microsoft blog editor
Today, at the RSA Conference Europe 2010 in London, I shared evidence from the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv9) that provides intelligence on the extent to which botnets have become a pivotal method for committing crime online. Botnets are the launch pad for much of today’s...
13 Oct 2010
Update on Kelihos Botnet and New Related Malware
There have been some recent confusing reports regarding whether the Kelihos botnet , which Microsoft partnered with Kyrus Tech Inc. and Kaspersky Lab to take down in September 2011, has been resurrected. Contrary to some reports, Kaspersky and Microsoft have no evidence that the botnet that was taken...
3 Feb 2012
Weekend Reading: July 6th Edition–Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals Begin in Australia & Microsoft Names Zeus Botnet Defendants
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Imagine Cup 2012, Microsoft naming new defendants in the Zeus botnet case and an interview with Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division of Microsoft. World’s top tech students go for it all Down Under. More than 350 young technologists...
6 Jul 2012
Weekend Reading: April 1st Edition – ESPN ScoreCenter goes live on Windows Phone and Hotmail goes interactive with NetFlix and LinkedIn
This week at Microsoft, the Windows Phone team announced the availability of the ESPN ScoreCenter app for sports fans just in time for the return of the boys of summer. Also this week, Microsoft held the Imagine 2011 advertising summit and introduced a bevy of new features for Hotmail. ESPN ScoreCenter...
1 Apr 2011
Microsoft Disrupts the Emerging Nitol Botnet Being Spread through an Unsecure Supply Chain
Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit permission to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware with the potential for targeting millions of innocent people. Codenamed “Operation b70,” this legal...
13 Sep 2012
Weekend Reading: March 30th Edition–The Nokia Lumia 900 is Coming April 8, Three Major Entertainment Apps are Live on Xbox LIVE, plus Bing, Skype and Another Botnet Disrupted
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900, three major entertainment apps coming to Xbox LIVE and Bing and Skype working better together. AT&T to sell Nokia Lumia 900 for under $100. We’ve got lots of great Windows Phone news for...
30 Mar 2012
Rustock Civil Case Closed: Microsoft Refers Criminal Evidence to FBI
Six months after I first wrote about how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit , Microsoft Malware Protection Center, Trustworthy Computing and our partners shut down the Rustock botnet, I am pleased to report that we have successfully concluded our civil case against the Rustock botnet operators. We’re...
22 Sep 2011
Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock
Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16 th . Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit...
18 Jul 2011
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case
Last month, I wrote about how Microsoft and our partners, Kyrus and Kaspersky, took down the Kelihos botnet and that for the first time, Microsoft took the step of naming specific defendants in a civil case involving a botnet. In the legal case supporting the Kelihos takedown, Microsoft sued defendants...
26 Oct 2011
Microsoft and Symantec Take Down Bamital Botnet That Hijacks Online Searches
The following is a post from Richard Domigues Boscovich , Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. As reported by Reuters earlier today, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit , in collaboration with Symantec, has taken down the dangerous Bamital botnet which hijacked people’s...
6 Feb 2013
Weekend Reading: Sept. 14th Edition – Nitol Botnet Disrupted & The Xbox 360 Essentials Pack Unveiled
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s disruption of more than 500 strains of malware, a look at Xbox 360 Essentials Pack and the Halo 4 LE Controller and Skype’s new audio codec. Microsoft disrupts the emerging Nitol botnet being spread through an unsecure...
14 Sep 2012
Bing Maps, Botnets, Buxton and Developers, Developers, Developers - Weekend Reading
Microsoft blog editor
Last week we added an hour to evening daylight, and now we’re just hours away from officially hitting spring. I know much of the country hasn’t been seeing very good weather – flooding in Fargo, storms in New York – but in Seattle we’re watching the spring flowers come out, and some of my more adventurous...
19 Mar 2010
Microsoft and Financial Services Industry Leaders Target Cybercriminal Operations from Zeus Botnets
In our most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit – in collaboration with Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, as well as Kyrus Tech Inc. – has executed...
26 Mar 2012
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