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  • Blog Post: Anti-Piracy Enforcement and NGOs

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and Microsoft General Counsel (Cross-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog ) A story in yesterday’s New York Times reports on anti-piracy enforcement actions in Russia that have been used for more nefarious purposes than protecting intellectual...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 20th Edition

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we’ve included stories on making political donations via wireless texting, spectrum sharing, post-secondary financial aid and jobs data and more. Federal Election Commission clears the way for...
  • Blog Post: “The World’s Most Notorious Illegal Spammer”

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Earlier this week it was widely reported that Alan Ralsky, a 64-year-old Michigan man that a federal prosecutor described as “the world's most notorious illegal spammer," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Clicks Real

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Online advertising fuels much of the Internet activity we enjoy today, enabling free services and unprecedented content flows. For this marketplace to continue enabling rich online experiences, it needs to be based on a...
  • Blog Post: Initial Revelations and Results of the Rustock Takedown

    Posted by Richard Boscovich Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Almost three weeks ago, I blogged about the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit’s takedown of the Rustock botnet in an action dubbed “Operation b107.” The takedown has thus far proven to be very successful and...
  • Blog Post: ‘Maga No Need Pay’: Nigeria Gets Creative to Fight Cyber Scams

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel This week, a new pop song hits the airwaves in West Africa with a highly unusual message: Don’t be seduced by cybercrime. Cybercrime is a global issue, but perhaps no form of cybercrime has been more associated with a region than the advance...
  • Blog Post: Using Intelligence and Forensics to Protect Against Counterfeit Software

    Posted By David Finn Associate General Counsel In the past year, tens of thousands of people have contacted Microsoft to complain that one or another third party had sold them software that turned out to be counterfeit. Many are angry at being cheated, but their even bigger problem is that counterfeit...
  • Blog Post: West Africa takes lead in fighting "419" scams

    Posted by Bill Harmon Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit As the new associate general counsel of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, I’m excited about the opportunities we have to make the Internet a safer place for everyone, whether you own an online business, advertise...
  • Blog Post: Public Service Ads Alert Bing Users to Online Scams

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Two weeks ago you heard from me about Microsoft’s enforcement efforts to curb malvertising ; today I want to tell you about another approach we are taking to help protect consumers online. Along with using the legal system to help stop online...
  • Blog Post: Learn to Fight Online Fraud During Cyber Awareness Month

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft Lottery scams, advance-fee fraud, phishing attacks and fake anti-virus alerts. These are just a few ways criminals are attempting to gain access to your personal information to steal money, and impersonate you...
  • Blog Post: Every Click Should Count: Microsoft Discusses Online Ad Fraud at NYC Symposium

    Posted by Richard Boscovich Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit What if one out of every four cups of coffee you purchased turned out to be an empty cup? You’d quickly switch to another coffee shop and you’d have some very negative reviews of the coffee seller who shorted you...