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Microsoft unveils cybercrime centre in fight against malware

Microsoft is taking its fight against cybercrime to the next level. Redmond has announced the opening of a new Cybercrime Centre from which it intends to battle some of the worst Internet threats like malware, botnets, intellectual property theft, and technology-facilitated child exploitation.

Located on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus, the 16,800-square foot secured facility houses technologies that allow security experts to visualise and identify global cyber threats developing in real time.

"The Microsoft Cybercrime Centre is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," David Finn, associate general counsel of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, said in a statement . "By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone."

Microsoft said the centre brings together attorneys, investigators, technical experts, and forensic analysts, "marking a new era in effectively fighting crime on the Internet." The centre houses technology like Microsoft's SitePrint, which allows experts to map organised crime networks on the Web.

It also includes a separate, secure location for third-party partners, allowing cybersecurity analysts from around the globe to work with Microsoft's experts for as long as necessary. Microsoft said the space is intended to strengthen partnerships with "critical partners in the fight against cybercrime" including other companies, law enforcement, academia, and its customers.

"In the fight against cybercrime the public sector significantly benefits from private sector expertise, such as provided by Microsoft," Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, said in a statement. "The security community needs to build on its coordinated responses to keep pace with today's cybercriminals."

About half of all online adults fell victim to cybercrime in the past year, while 20 per cent of businesses have been targeted, Microsoft said.

In the last month alone, cybercrime has been consistently in the headlines. A few weeks ago Websense uncovered a campaign that had infiltrated hundreds of organisations, but Governments are finding it hard to recruit crime fighters since they're in such short supply.