August 31, 2005 3:53 PM PDT

New Microsoft portal will help cops

MONTEREY, Calif.--Expanding its efforts to help law enforcement with cybercrime investigations, Microsoft plans in the coming months to launch a new online resource.

The Web site will include training, tips and tools for investigations and information on cybercrime, Richard LaMagna, director of worldwide law enforcement programs at Microsoft, said in an interview with CNET News.com on Wednesday at the annual High Technology Crime Investigation Association event here.

"We want to help law enforcement develop the capability to deal with these cybercrime problems," said LaMagna, a former federal agent. "We believe it is important for private industry to support law enforcement, particularly with cybercrime. It is not the kind of thing the FBI, NYPD or customs agents can do on their own."

Microsoft's online training will include simple forensic skills--for example, guidance on digging up information on the hard drive of a seized Windows PC, and basic online investigation techniques such as trace routes and Whois domain database lookups, LaMagna said.

"There are still a lot of law enforcement people out there who don't know how to trace an IP address or an Internet domain," he said.

Other information on the Web site will include details on recent legislation. Microsoft also plans to offer specialized technical support to investigators.

Microsoft already is active in helping law enforcement. For example, the company has hosted two multiday training sessions on botnets in the past year, one in the United States and one in Europe. A third session is scheduled for October at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, LaMagna said.

Botnets are networks of hijacked computers that are typically used for criminal activity. Criminals have used botnets for sending spam, spreading malicious code, launching denial-of-service attacks and extortion attempts, according to security experts. Microsoft's new portal will offer a software tool to help detect botnets, LaMagna said.

The "Law Enforcement Portal" also will have contact details for people within Microsoft who deal with requests from the authorities, LaMagna said. These could be requests for information on Hotmail users, for example, he said.

Educating law enforcement is only part of Microsoft's efforts to fight cybercrime. The company also has its own team of about 50 investigators. Intelligence gathered by this "Internet Safety Enforcement" group has helped track down the suspected creators of the recent Zotob worm, among other cybercriminals.

Microsoft also is active in fighting spammers in court. And it introduced a computer system designed to let police agencies share information for tracking online child predators.

The new Law Enforcement Portal should be online by November, LaMagna said. The site will initially be in English only, but there are plans to translate it into other languages. Access will be limited to law enforcement officials.

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Great, another segment deterioated by MS technologies
How long before these MS technologies get hacked, a virus, etc. and identify your 84 y.o. gradmother as a drug cartel leader?
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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Worse
Does anyone recall the scenario in Robocop - sub-contracted policing ?

Anyone else see the day, when the regular cops give up electronic law-enforcement & contract out to M$ (or Haliburton) ?

How about a ceremonial first arrest - BG goes & cuffs some 12-yo geek ?

But remember the M$ motto - only if there a buck in it. They don't do anything that doesn't MAKE money. So expect to get charged for the privelige of getting busted.
Posted by (409 comments )
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Great, another segment deterioated by MS technologies
How long before these MS technologies get hacked, a virus, etc. and identify your 84 y.o. gradmother as a drug cartel leader?
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Worse
Does anyone recall the scenario in Robocop - sub-contracted policing ?

Anyone else see the day, when the regular cops give up electronic law-enforcement & contract out to M$ (or Haliburton) ?

How about a ceremonial first arrest - BG goes & cuffs some 12-yo geek ?

But remember the M$ motto - only if there a buck in it. They don't do anything that doesn't MAKE money. So expect to get charged for the privelige of getting busted.
Posted by (409 comments )
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Great, another segment deterioated by MS technologies
How long before these MS technologies get hacked, a virus, etc. and identify your 84 y.o. gradmother as a drug cartel leader?
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Worse
Does anyone recall the scenario in Robocop - sub-contracted policing ?

Anyone else see the day, when the regular cops give up electronic law-enforcement & contract out to M$ (or Haliburton) ?

How about a ceremonial first arrest - BG goes & cuffs some 12-yo geek ?

But remember the M$ motto - only if there a buck in it. They don't do anything that doesn't MAKE money. So expect to get charged for the privelige of getting busted.
Posted by (409 comments )
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Great, another segment deterioated by MS technologies
How long before these MS technologies get hacked, a virus, etc. and identify your 84 y.o. gradmother as a drug cartel leader?
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Worse
Does anyone recall the scenario in Robocop - sub-contracted policing ?

Anyone else see the day, when the regular cops give up electronic law-enforcement & contract out to M$ (or Haliburton) ?

How about a ceremonial first arrest - BG goes & cuffs some 12-yo geek ?

But remember the M$ motto - only if there a buck in it. They don't do anything that doesn't MAKE money. So expect to get charged for the privelige of getting busted.
Posted by (409 comments )
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M$ wants to help cybercops?
The best thing M$ could do to help cyber-law-enforcement is: to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!
Posted by davearonson (35 comments )
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How do you mean?
" . . . to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!"

You think it's impossible for Microsoft to write secure code? Just wait and see.
Posted by folsco (55 comments )
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M$ wants to help cybercops?
The best thing M$ could do to help cyber-law-enforcement is: to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!
Posted by davearonson (35 comments )
Reply Link Flag
How do you mean?
" . . . to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!"

You think it's impossible for Microsoft to write secure code? Just wait and see.
Posted by folsco (55 comments )
Link Flag
M$ wants to help cybercops?
The best thing M$ could do to help cyber-law-enforcement is: to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!
Posted by davearonson (35 comments )
Reply Link Flag
How do you mean?
" . . . to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!"

You think it's impossible for Microsoft to write secure code? Just wait and see.
Posted by folsco (55 comments )
Link Flag
M$ wants to help cybercops?
The best thing M$ could do to help cyber-law-enforcement is: to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!
Posted by davearonson (35 comments )
Reply Link Flag
How do you mean?
" . . . to stop churning out software that is so horribly insecure that it practically constitutes an open invitation to cybercrime!"

You think it's impossible for Microsoft to write secure code? Just wait and see.
Posted by folsco (55 comments )
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Smokescreen to appear to do good, but still rip Us off
Typical of the smokescreen and n'er do wrong appearance that
Microsoft tries to put on, they set up an Internet "sting'
operations center designed to help police catch the people that
are using windows holes to get into networks & systems to steal
data etc. Yeah, we trust Microsoft to build a secure OS, but since
they can't, we will accept gifts and bribes, to look the other way,
rather than focusing on the ones who made the swiss cheese OS
in the first place. Lets let the wolf into the henhouse shall we?

How about a Get The Facts campaign about the number of
dollars and hours wasted, fixing windows, securing windows,
chasing bad guys who find the holes in windows, downloading
updates for windows and so on. There should be a metric for
how much this software has crippled businesses and consumers,
while in the guise of helping them. Kinda like booze, and
cigarettes, we know people like them, but we also let them know
its fun, but its gonna be a killer later on, its time to put a
warning label on Windows.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Smokescreen to appear to do good, but still rip Us off
Typical of the smokescreen and n'er do wrong appearance that
Microsoft tries to put on, they set up an Internet "sting'
operations center designed to help police catch the people that
are using windows holes to get into networks & systems to steal
data etc. Yeah, we trust Microsoft to build a secure OS, but since
they can't, we will accept gifts and bribes, to look the other way,
rather than focusing on the ones who made the swiss cheese OS
in the first place. Lets let the wolf into the henhouse shall we?

How about a Get The Facts campaign about the number of
dollars and hours wasted, fixing windows, securing windows,
chasing bad guys who find the holes in windows, downloading
updates for windows and so on. There should be a metric for
how much this software has crippled businesses and consumers,
while in the guise of helping them. Kinda like booze, and
cigarettes, we know people like them, but we also let them know
its fun, but its gonna be a killer later on, its time to put a
warning label on Windows.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Smokescreen to appear to do good, but still rip Us off
Typical of the smokescreen and n'er do wrong appearance that
Microsoft tries to put on, they set up an Internet "sting'
operations center designed to help police catch the people that
are using windows holes to get into networks & systems to steal
data etc. Yeah, we trust Microsoft to build a secure OS, but since
they can't, we will accept gifts and bribes, to look the other way,
rather than focusing on the ones who made the swiss cheese OS
in the first place. Lets let the wolf into the henhouse shall we?

How about a Get The Facts campaign about the number of
dollars and hours wasted, fixing windows, securing windows,
chasing bad guys who find the holes in windows, downloading
updates for windows and so on. There should be a metric for
how much this software has crippled businesses and consumers,
while in the guise of helping them. Kinda like booze, and
cigarettes, we know people like them, but we also let them know
its fun, but its gonna be a killer later on, its time to put a
warning label on Windows.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Smokescreen to appear to do good, but still rip Us off
Typical of the smokescreen and n'er do wrong appearance that
Microsoft tries to put on, they set up an Internet "sting'
operations center designed to help police catch the people that
are using windows holes to get into networks & systems to steal
data etc. Yeah, we trust Microsoft to build a secure OS, but since
they can't, we will accept gifts and bribes, to look the other way,
rather than focusing on the ones who made the swiss cheese OS
in the first place. Lets let the wolf into the henhouse shall we?

How about a Get The Facts campaign about the number of
dollars and hours wasted, fixing windows, securing windows,
chasing bad guys who find the holes in windows, downloading
updates for windows and so on. There should be a metric for
how much this software has crippled businesses and consumers,
while in the guise of helping them. Kinda like booze, and
cigarettes, we know people like them, but we also let them know
its fun, but its gonna be a killer later on, its time to put a
warning label on Windows.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
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MS Portal to Help Cops
This is good, logical extension of work I already knew MS had undertaken at request of certain officers actively involved in child exploitation investigations, etc.; one reported Gates had taken personal interest in mail request for help.

How will they limit access to this info to law enforcmeent and other legitimate users such as NCMEC?

Much of this will involve compurters seized under lawful warrants, alleviating privacy concerns somewhat.
Posted by Transaction7 (30 comments )
Reply Link Flag
MS Portal to Help Cops
This is good, logical extension of work I already knew MS had undertaken at request of certain officers actively involved in child exploitation investigations, etc.; one reported Gates had taken personal interest in mail request for help.

How will they limit access to this info to law enforcmeent and other legitimate users such as NCMEC?

Much of this will involve compurters seized under lawful warrants, alleviating privacy concerns somewhat.
Posted by Transaction7 (30 comments )
Reply Link Flag
MS Portal to Help Cops
This is good, logical extension of work I already knew MS had undertaken at request of certain officers actively involved in child exploitation investigations, etc.; one reported Gates had taken personal interest in mail request for help.

How will they limit access to this info to law enforcmeent and other legitimate users such as NCMEC?

Much of this will involve compurters seized under lawful warrants, alleviating privacy concerns somewhat.
Posted by Transaction7 (30 comments )
Reply Link Flag
MS Portal to Help Cops
This is good, logical extension of work I already knew MS had undertaken at request of certain officers actively involved in child exploitation investigations, etc.; one reported Gates had taken personal interest in mail request for help.

How will they limit access to this info to law enforcmeent and other legitimate users such as NCMEC?

Much of this will involve compurters seized under lawful warrants, alleviating privacy concerns somewhat.
Posted by Transaction7 (30 comments )
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