Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

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Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
Abbreviation DCU
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
Coordinates Coordinates: 47°38′23″N 122°7′42″W / 47.63972°N 122.12833°W / 47.63972; -122.12833
Region served
Parent organization

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.[1]

Areas of emphasis[edit]

There are three areas on which the DCU concentrates:[1]

Actions against the ZeroAccess botnet[edit]

On December 5, 2013, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, the FBI, Europol, and other industry partners attempted to disrupt the ZeroAccess botnet.[2] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit". Microsoft in Public Safety & National Security. Redmond, WA: Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-11-15.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Stewart, Christopher S.; Marr, Merissa (2013-12-05). "Microsoft Takes Action Against Alleged Ad-Fraud 'Botnet' ZeroAccess". New York, NY: The Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  3. ^ Gallagher, Sean (2013-12-06). "Microsoft disrupts botnet that generated $2.7M per month for operators; Update: researchers say not all C&C servers seized, and P2P makes takedown moot". New York, NY: Condé Nast. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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