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Microsoft opens Redmond cybercrime centre

Cybercrime cracking den
Fri Nov 15 2013, 15:16

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has unwrapped its cybercrime centre, where it will, perhaps unsurprisingly, tackle the investigation of cybercrime.

The firm is increasingly active in the fight against bugs and online miscreants, and already this month it has extended its bounty payouts.

Now it has opened the doors on a cybercrime unit and revealed its plans. "The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," said David Finn, associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.

"By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone."

The centre is in Microsoft's main Redmond campus, and will tackle online scams that suck money out of punters and exploit others. It said its work will let people use devices and services with confidence.

That work includes the use of Siteprint, which is Microsoft software for mapping threats in real time; PhotoDNA, which addresses child abuse; and Cyberforensics, which is described as a "new investigative capability that detects global cybercrime, including online fraud and identity theft; and cyberthreat intelligence from Microsoft's botnet takedown operations."

Microsoft has set aside some room at the centre for third-party partners and will welcome professional cybercrime investigators.

"In the fight against cybercrime the public sector significantly benefits from private sector expertise, such as provided by Microsoft," said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation.

"The security community needs to build on its coordinated responses to keep pace with today's cybercriminals. The Microsoft Cybercrime Center will be an important hub in accomplishing that task more effectively and proactively."

The place, its people and the perps it is pursuing are covered in a video. It is described as a global headquarters for Microsoft's digital crimes units. Speaking warmly about it in the video are people from the FBI and Interpol. µ


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