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Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

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Abbreviation  DCU
Region served  Worldwide
Location  Redmond, WA, USA
Parent organization  Microsoft
Purpose  An international legal and technical team of attorneys, investigators, and forensic analysts, with expertise across the areas of malware, botnets, IP crimes, and technology-facilitated child exploitation
Headquarters  Microsoft Redmond Campus

The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is a Microsoft sponsored team of international legal and internet security experts employing the latest tools and technologies to stop or interfere with cyber crime and cyber threats.


Areas of emphasis

There are three areas on which the DCU concentrates:

  • Child protection, combating child sexual abuse facilitated through information technology
  • Copyright infringement and other intellectual property infringements
  • Malware crimes, particularly botnets, internet bots used for malicious purposes
  • Actions against the ZeroAccess botnet

    On December 5, 2013, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, the FBI, Europol, and other industry partners attempted to disrupt the ZeroAccess botnet. Although the efforts took down 18 hosts that were part of the ZeroAccess command and control network, because of the peer-to-peer nature of the botnet, ZeroAccess remains active.


    Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Wikipedia

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