Microsoft-led discussion focuses on ways to use technology to fight human trafficking

Continuing its work with the White House Office of Science and Technology, Microsoft took an important step in its efforts to combat human trafficking by convening a brainstorming session of law enforcement, academics and private organizations in Washington, D.C. July 24. Many of the nation’s leaders in the fight against child sex trafficking used the forum to discuss ways technology can be harnessed to disrupt these crimes. As one of six recipients 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:

Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime


Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud and worse. [Read more…] Dynamics Tag

Technology: The complex, critical frontier in the fight against child sex trafficking


On Monday, I had the privilege of participating in an @Microsoft Conversation at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus with leading academics and experts working to better understand – in scientifically measurable ways – the role that technology plays in the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking. The discussion centered not only on the role that technology might play in facilitating these crimes, but also the role that technology might be able Read more »

Public-private partnerships essential to fighting cybercriminals

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being able to serve as a panelist at an @Microsoft Breakfast Conversation held at Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center in Washington, D.C., an event which focused on how public-private partnerships can be a useful tool in fighting cybercrime, and more specifically, battling botnets. The panel featured keynote remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who contextualized the scope and impact that botnets have had in Read more »

Microsoft Names Research Grant Recipients in Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

In order to effectively solve difficult societal problems, we must first understand them. With the belief that research can open the door to effective interventions in the fight against modern day slavery, in December the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Research partnered to release a request for proposals from the academic community to better understand the intersection of technology and child sex trafficking. [Read more…] Community Tag

Microsoft Technology to Help Law Enforcement Fight High-Tech Crimes

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has provided $2.3 million in technology to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to further the center’s efforts to equip law enforcement with the skills and resources needed to combat economic and high-tech crimes. Microsoft has partnered with NW3C over the past few years to develop training and tools to support law enforcement’s mission to fight cybercrime, including the Computer Online Forensic Evidence Read more »

Teaming Up to Fight Human Trafficking

Issues of forced labor and human trafficking for labor have gained increasing attention, as well they should. Earlier this month, a leading international agency – The International Organization for Migration – reported that it handled 43 percent more labor trafficking cases in 2011 than just three years before. This spring, I have had the opportunity to join several discussions between law enforcement officials, policy makers, human rights advocates, and businesses Read more »