Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S.
an important audience experienced Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring
that children use digital media and video games in safer, healthier, and
more balanced ways. The audience was the U.S. Congress.
cooperation with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John
Shimkus (R-IL), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Microsoft and the Get Game Smart
program hosted Capitol Hill Family Game Night. More than 150 members of
Congress, staff and their family members were joined at this educational
event by parents and children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel
This week the Obama Administration
released the nation’s first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property
Enforcement. Joining Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Intellectual
Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel in announcing the plan
were Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke. The plan demonstrates the Administration’s strong commitment
to protecting intellectual property and promoting job creation and
growth. Microsoft is pleased to support it.
As the Joint
Strategic Plan recognizes, “Intellectual property supports jobs across
all industries, and in particular where there is a high degree of
creativity, research and innovation.” A prime example is the software
industry, which has been a remarkable engine for jobs and economic growth. According to
Software Alliance, the software and related services sector
employed almost 2 million people in the United States in 2007, in jobs
that paid 195 percent of the average wage. The sector contributed more
than $261 billion to U.S. GDP in 2007, making it the largest of the U.S.
copyright industries, and its overseas earnings added a $37 billion
surplus to the U.S. balance of trade in 2009.
Posted by Patrick Brazel CEO of Zignals
(Cross posted from The
Official Microsoft Blog)
In 2008, the financial markets changed fundamentally and
completely. The causes will be debated and they of course predate the
collapse. But there is no argument that the summer of 2008 is when the
market certainties that had prevailed since 1945 evaporated.
was at this time that my business partner and I had been working on a
plan to address what we saw as a huge gap in the financial market. We
saw a need to empower individual investors with the online capabilities
that were available only to professional or major institutions. At the
same time, we wanted to create opportunities for a new class of
researchers to earn from its expertise by being paid for the strategies
it creates and publishes.
We believed strongly that the model
had to change — something different was needed. We had a compelling idea
and a strong plan, but were searching for the technology to lift it off
Around that time, while attending an event hosted
by Enterprise Ireland the economic development arm of the Irish
government, I was introduced to Microsoft’s IP Ventures program. We learned that IP Ventures
identifies innovative technology developed at Microsoft, and provides it
to interested entrepreneurs like us to start new businesses. We brought
the idea and our financial services experience to the table, and after
approving our plans, IP Ventures gave us access to IP assets, as well as
the support and business guidance we needed to help us develop our idea
into something concrete.
Posted by John Scarrow General Manager of Safety
Last week the Microsoft
Digital Crimes Unit filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court under the
federal CAN-SPAM Act against the perpetrators of what we believe to be
one of the largest-ever spam attacks on Windows Live Hotmail. The
lawsuit –Microsoft Corporation v. Boris Mizhen, et al. – alleges
defendants engaged in an elaborate scheme to evade Microsoft’s filters
by abusing Microsoft’s Junk E-Mail Reporting Program (JMRP)
and Smart Network Data Services (SNDS) to send
vast quantities of spam each day. JMRP and SNDS are free services
designed to help protect Windows Live Hotmail customers from spam by
encouraging people to report it and to help improve our spam filters by
identifying legitimate mail as such.
In our lawsuit, we allege
that defendants opened millions of Hotmail e-mail accounts and hired
people to manually identify spam mails as legitimate mails in order to
trick Hotmail into classifying spam as legitimate mail. Such actions
undermine the measures we’ve put in place to protect people. We take
this abuse very seriously, and while Hotmail and our SmartScreen filter continue to work to block spam
from this identified scheme, we’ll keep investigating and pursuing spam
attacks to protect our network and our customers.
Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel Today in Washington, DC, the
National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and other leading industry and
consumer protection organizations are announcing the worldwide launch of Internet Fraud Alert. It’s a new
program to help make the Internet a safer and more productive place for
consumers and businesses.
Through a centralized alert system
powered by Microsoft technology and managed by NCFTA, Internet
Fraud Alert provides a new, powerful tool to quickly inform financial
and online companies about compromised customer account credentials
(such as online usernames and passwords) or stolen credit card numbers.
With this information, institutions can take action to protect their
customers from further fraud against their accounts.
effects of fraud can be devastating to people and the financial and
online institutions whose services they use. Last year, according to the
Anti-Phishing Working Group,
one million U.S. households lost money or had accounts misused as a
result of phishing, at a cost of $650 million. APWG’s recent data
suggests that phishers are exploiting more brands than ever before.
online fraudsters become increasingly sophisticated in their endeavors,
so too have public/private countermeasures. But we’re not yet as
effective as we could be. For example, when compromised or stolen
account information is uncovered, there is no easy way to determine the
company responsible for the account or how best to report the problem –
which wastes valuable time and resources.