A blog reader recently wrote to us asking about our use
of the word cybercriminal.
“Can these people be caught and prosecuted?
Where is the jurisdiction? My guess is that unless these ‘cybercriminals’
harvest politically sensitive data or material of that kind no one (officially)
really cares too much beyond the point of trying to combat these people’s
success with more sophisticated preventative software.”
Microsoft does work hard to create more sophisticated preventive software like Microsoft Security
(antivirus and antispyware software) and SmartScreen phishing
we also devote considerable resources to fighting these crimes with legal
efforts focused on catching and stopping cybercriminals.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is a worldwide
team of lawyers, investigators, technical analysts, and other specialists whose
mission it is to make the Internet safer for everyone.
Here are a few recent successes of the DCU:
b49: Microsoft takes on the bots
Microsoft works with Demi and Ashton Foundation to
help protect children
Using All the Tools at Our Disposal to Stop Spam
- Scareware Indictments Put Cybercriminals on Notice
Successful Legal Action Helps Protect Microsoft
Customers from ‘Spim’
The DCU also helps by financially supporting other
organizations, such as the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in
their own fights against cybercriminals.