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Inside the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit 54

Posted by timothy
from the private-justice dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has been spearheading botnet takedowns and other anti-cybercrime operations for many years, and it has had remarkable success. But the cybercrime problem isn't going away anytime soon, so the DCU is in the process of building a new cybercrime center here, and soon will roll out a new threat intelligence service to help ISPs and CERT teams get better data about ongoing attacks. Dennis Fisher sat down with TJ Campana, director of security at the DCU, to discuss the unit's work and what threats could be next on the target list."
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Inside the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

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  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @11:01AM (#43781879)
    Is this an article about how the Windows 8 UI was designed?
    • Damn. Too bad I used up my last mod point yesterday.

      I lol'd.
    • by Bud (1705)

      Is this an article about how the Windows 8 UI was designed?

      Or about how they kept the world's population hostage with Clippy the Paperclip? I mean, when they heard Clippy was going to be removed from the next version of Office, around 350 million people upgraded straight away.

      Or is it about how Microsoft is paying 500 million (USD, EUR, whatever) in fines every couple of years, in order to keep doing business as a software monopoly? That is probably the most brilliant crime by the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit ever!

  • by Viol8 (599362) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @11:09AM (#43782001)

    ... the Windows development team for allowing such a security swiss cheese of an operating system to escape from the lab and the marketing team for trying to sell to innocent consumers?

    • by trazom28 (134909)

      They can't.. it's called "Job Security" for the digital crimes unit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @11:14AM (#43782083)

    You mean how they play whack-a-mole with botnets and claim victory when they accidentally hit one, but stay curiously mum when the very same botnet pops up again only two weeks later?

    N'mind that they've been criminally lax in improving their software, creating a very easily planted very fertile ground for an entire flora and fauna of malware to grow and prosper in the first place. They created this "ecosystem" on a much grander scale than this "remarkable success" in taking down little pieces of it, for a short while.

    • N'mind that they've been criminally lax in improving their software

      They have added Secure Boot support in Windows 8 to precisely combat undetectable malware, yet we have people blaming them for it.

      • by h4rr4r (612664)

        Because what was wanted was to prevent drive by installs and that sort of thing. Secure boot is a whole other kettle of fish.

        It is about letting MS and the MPAA own your machine, security is only a side effect.

      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        Exactly. They walk a very fine line between people complaining that they're locked out of their own computer, and allowing viruses to just run rampant on the system. They could probably make a very secure system, but people would complain too much because all their applications would have to come vetted from MS and it would be like running IOS on your desktop.
        • They could probably make a very secure system, but people would complain too much because all their applications would have to come vetted from MS and it would be like running IOS on your desktop.

          Um...yeah...perhaps you've never heard of 'iOS jailbreaking"? Seriously, even with MS vetted drivers (a mandatory part of 64-bit Windows), almost entirely non-Admin user programs (because of how Windows is designed, there are a handful of MS programs that run at higher privilege to provide the Win32/64 environemnt

      • As I understand it, people blame Microsoft for adding Secure Boot support to Windows 8 because of what Microsoft did to the companion product Windows RT at the same time. Microsoft forbids manufacturers of devices that ship with Windows RT from allowing the user to disable or otherwise reconfigure Secure Boot. Devices with an x86 CPU MUST allow user configuration of Secure Boot, but devices with an ARM CPU MUST NOT.
        • Yet Apple gets a free pass on iPads, same with firms such as Motorola. How much is WindowsRT selling and how much of a threat is it to freedom compared to the iPad?

  • by IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @11:55AM (#43782659) Homepage Journal

    that the great digital crime of recent note was Windows 8, but I've been beaten to the punch, several times already.

  • What crimes does this branch of Microsoft commit that the other branches do not?

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