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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
Weekend Reading: Nov. 15th Edition– An exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new cybercrime-fighting HQ
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s digital detectives, the all-in-one Xbox One and Windows 8.1 updates on the Windows Store. You got an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime . Using speed and...
15 Nov 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
Weekend Reading: June 7th Edition – New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013
This edition of Weekend Reading gives you insights from COMPUTEX 2013 and TechEd 2013, the big scoop about a cybercrime operation that stole half a billion dollars and a first for the “Halo” franchise. New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013 . COMPUTEX 2013 in Taipei...
7 Jun 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...
5 Jun 2013
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 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
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
Daily Update, Oct. 2nd – Taking the Wraps off of WE Day Seattle & a Nitol Botnet Update
Two big stories out of Microsoft today: · Today, in front of 2,000 students and teachers at Federal Way High School in Washington state, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith joined Free The Children founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle...
2 Oct 2012
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 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: July 20th Edition–Windows 8 Becomes Available on Oct. 26 & Microsoft Welcomes Yammer into the Family
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on when Windows 8 will be available, Microsoft welcoming Yammer into the Office Division, four great Windows Phone apps for the London Olympics and more. Windows 8 will be available on Oct. 26. Earlier this week, Windows and Windows Live...
20 Jul 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
Microsoft Names Defendants in Zeus Botnets Case; Provides New Evidence to FBI
A little over three months ago, I wrote here about how Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit , along with its financial industry partners and Kyrus Tech, took action to disrupt the dangerous Zeus botnets, known for fueling half a billion dollars in online fraud and identity theft. We are pleased to announce...
2 Jul 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
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...
25 Mar 2012
Weekend Reading: March 23rd Edition–A New “Hunger Games” Web Experience, Windows Phone Arrives in China, plus Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Skype & More
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on a “Hunger Games” Web experience, Windows Phone arriving in China, Microsoft making PhotoDNA technology available to law enforcement and more. Read on! Go inside “The Hunger Games.” Everybody’s talking about...
23 Mar 2012
Microsoft Makes PhotoDNA Available to Law Enforcement
The scale of the online child pornography problem and the amount of data associated with these types of investigations is massive. This is why we are proud to announce that we are partnering with NetClean to make our Microsoft PhotoDNA image matching technology available to law enforcement at no cost...
19 Mar 2012
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: 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 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 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
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
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