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Microsoft takes on global cybercrime epidemic in tenth malware disruption
Editor's Note: This blog post was updated with the following new information at 8 a.m. on July 9: On Monday, June 30, Microsoft filed a civil suit in a Nevada federal court to disrupt Bladabindi-Jenxcus, a pervasive family of malware that put millions of customers at risk. Today both Microsoft...
30 Jun 2014
Microsoft helps FBI in GameOver Zeus botnet cleanup
The following post is from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Following Monday’s multi-national action against the GameOver Zeus botnet, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft, working closely with the FBI and industry partners,...
2 Jun 2014
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
Weekend Reading: Sept. 23rd Edition–Bing Celebrates Fall, Rethinking the Windows Boot Experience and “Gears of War 3” Launches, plus the Rustock Botnet, Windows Live and Windows Phone
This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of Microsoft news, including stories on the introduction of video on the Bing home page, re-engineering the boot experience on Windows 8 and the highly anticipated release of “Gears of War 3” for the Xbox 360. Bing home page springs to life...
23 Sep 2011
Weekend Reading: Jan. 27th Edition–Bill Gates Says Youth Will Change the World & Other News from the World Economic Forum, plus the Kelihos Botnet, Hotmail, Windows Phone & Office 365
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got a blog post from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on opportunity for youth and other news from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as stories on Data Privacy Day, the Kelihos botnet, Windows Phone and Office 365. Don’t miss any...
27 Jan 2012
Microsoft Releases New Threat Data on Rustock
Since successfully taking down the Rustock botnet on March 16 th , Microsoft has continued to analyze the threat, investigate leads on the operations and owners of the botnet and work with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide to help the legitimate...
5 Jul 2011
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
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