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.
The scope is staggering. Half of online adults have been victims of botnets and other kinds of cybercrime attacks in the past year. In all, cybercrime costs the global economy up to $500 billion annually, and is often linked to organized crime rings involved in piracy, child exploitation and other dirty deeds.
For many years, Microsoft has helped lead the fight against cybercrime. Last summer, the company worked in parallel with the FBI to take down the massive Citadel botnet, which infected 5 million PCs and stole about a half billion dollars from people and businesses. The company’s new Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Wash., which opened Thursday, will act as a new headquarters for similar collaborative efforts between Microsoft, law enforcement, customers and partners.
To celebrate the opening, we’re giving you special security clearance to explore the Cybercrime Center in a highly visual new feature story at microsoft.com/stories. The high-tech headquarters may look like something from the set of “CSI”, but “it’s a real-life showcase for what Microsoft’s business intelligence and big data tools can do,” said Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft.
Read the full piece at microsoft.com/stories.