September 3rd, 2005, 03:16 AM
Tales Of A Microsoft Gumshoe
Cleaning up after the elephant . . .
One hot day in August 2003, Peter Fifka sat in a rental car in the Czech city of Brno. He was hunting "Benny," a member of the notorious 29A computer-virus-writing group. Internet searches had turned up a photo of Benny and enough clues to his whereabouts that Mr. Fifka had narrowed down a likely address to a few streets.
Mr. Fifka isn't a cop. He works for Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Safety Enforcement Team. Created in 2002, the group is part of the U.S. software giant's intensifying efforts to combat cyber crime.
Microsoft's Enforcement Team employs 65 people world-wide, including former policemen, lawyers and paralegals. The group, which gets a seven-figure annual budget, has 25 investigators including Mr. Fifka.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
By Cassell Bryan-Low, The Wall Street Journal
September 3rd, 2005, 03:37 AM
ms has a police force? i wonder how long it'll be before they form their own army =p
September 3rd, 2005, 04:14 AM
Seven figures, eh???
Seems to me that money would be better spent on securing the OS that these 'criminals' exploit in the first place...
But, then, that's the nature of the 'corporate beast'...
September 3rd, 2005, 06:59 AM
So, given $9,999,999 and full access... how would you secure Windows?
Seems to me that money would be better spent on securing the OS that these 'criminals' exploit in the first place
September 3rd, 2005, 07:37 AM
I'd love to see that ISO15408 audit.