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Microsoft’s proactive fight against cybercrime


The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) is committed to protecting our customers from malicious software and disrupting the malware ecosystem.

To achieve these goals, we forge partnerships with internal and external teams.  One such team, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), has expanded their partnerships to include the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) of Spain. 

This organization is one of the first to utilize live botnet data feeds from the new Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP).   Data from C-TIP will allow INTECO to better protect machines and fight cybercrime in Spain.

At MMPC, our day-to-day work involves understanding and neutralizing malware families.  This includes how they infect victims, how they monetize, how they evade detection, how their command and control is structured, and how to remediate their destructive effects. 

We author signatures that uniquely identify the malicious characteristics of such software to prevent them from harming our customers.  Our security products are updated with these signatures to give our customers a baseline secure computing experience. We invest heavily in emerging technologies that automate our detections as much as possible as well as discover asymmetric opportunities to make it difficult for cybercriminals to exploit our customers.  

This includes leveraging the scale and speed of the cloud to deliver protection solutions, using big data approaches to calculate areas of needed improvement from our vast collection of telemetry, and using state-of-the-art tools and techniques to respond quickly and globally to cyber threats.

However, at the end of the day, we can never solve cybercrime by addressing the issue solely on a technological level. 

An actual human being is behind each and every cybercriminal activity. A human being that is actively causing this malicious activity.  A human being that cannot grasp the idea of proper exchange between themselves and the rest of society. In our quest to protect our customers, we must also address the individuals perpetrating these crimes.

We are investing in partnerships that better address the actual cause behind cybercrime.  This will complement current MMPC strategies to provide comprehensive protection to our customers. 

We are continuing our commitment to bring about a safe and secure computing environment for everyone.

You can read more about our partnership with INTECO on the Microsoft on Safety and Defense Blog.


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