Antiphishing group gets help from Microsoft

Today Microsoft donated $46,000 dollars worth of software to agencies fighting internet crime (phishing). Crimes like sending fake e-mails to bank customers and other institutions, asking for personal information. Personal information like back account, credit card information, and Social Security numbers.

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it will donate $46,000 worth of software to an agency fighting "phishing" and will make a full-time analyst available to the group.

The recipient of these contributions is the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, an organization set up jointly by the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia University. The Microsoft analyst will help the alliance make sense of data related to Internet crime, including violations of the federal Can-Spam Act, as well as phishing, the software giant said. Additionally, the analyst will work with the group to make sure that law enforcement has timely industry data and to help design training programs for police.

The alliance was founded as part of an effort to build a collaborative environment for fighting Internet crime. In a statement, Microsoft said that such efforts are important "The tactics of spammers, hackers and other online con artists are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and as a company, Microsoft is dedicating resources to help law enforcement find those responsible for harming consumers," Nancy Anderson, deputy general counsel for the company, said in a statement.

News source: C|Net News.com

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