Europol takes down servers used by cybercriminals to steal financial data

European law enforcement agencies yesterday seized computer servers used by cybercriminals to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with malware designed to steal personal and financial information, as well as money, from unsuspecting consumers. The multinational effort, which was led by Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), included the participation of agencies from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as technical assistance from Microsoft, Read more »

New research forecasts the staggering cost of cybercrime

A new study released Tuesday reaffirms what we in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have seen for some time now – cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the world. The study, conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore (NUS), reveals that businesses worldwide will spend nearly $500 billion in 2014 to deal with the problems caused by malware on pirated software. Individual consumers, meanwhile, are Read more »

Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime


Last week, Microsoft hosted our first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit. More than 60 global law enforcement leaders and cybercrime experts met in Redmond for two days of closed-door sessions, discussing best practices and concrete steps to protect people online. As I reflect upon the event, I think there are three key takeaways that will guide the efforts of all of those that attended:

The Importance of Playing It Safe


On March 6, Microsoft anti-piracy teams around the world turn their attention to raising awareness of the issues surrounding software piracy. What started as a stand-alone day six years ago has evolved into a series of events and activities that bring together piracy experts, cyber-security analysts, IP advocates and law enforcement to educate consumers and businesses about the dangers of using pirated and counterfeit software. Addressing software piracy is a Read more »

Microsoft Examines the Financial Harm of Software Piracy on Play Fair Day

In addition to undermining the security of businesses around the world, pirated software robs businesses of the ability to compete. That is why we wanted to demonstrate the financial impact software piracy has on companies that use legal software, and why businesses and countries should take note. Today, as part of Microsoft’s global Play Fair Day, we are examining the financial harm software piracy inflicts on those that “play fair” Read more »

Microsoft Recognized by Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group

The past year has been a milestone for Microsoft’s global anti-piracy team in many ways. We launched global education campaigns that arm consumers with information to protect themselves from the risks of non-genuine software. We continued our investment in developing innovative forensic technologies that track counterfeit activities and criminal syndicates worldwide. Our strategic partnership with local governments made it more difficult for criminal gangs to sell non-genuine software to unsuspecting Read more »

Using Intelligence and Forensics to Protect Against Counterfeit Software

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 software may carry malware, spyware, or other viruses that can jeopardize their personal and financial information. To fight software counterfeiting, Microsoft has set up nine regional Read more »

Chinese Consumers Speak Out Against Software Piracy

Today is Consumer Action Day – a 24-hour period when we highlight the hundreds of education and enforcement initiatives around the globe designed to protect consumers from the risks of pirated and counterfeit software.  The harm done to consumers by pirated software is clearer now than ever before.   Microsoft has experienced a surge of voluntary reports – more than 150,000 in the past two years – from people who unwittingly purchased counterfeit Read more »