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.
"It is basically a place to all get together to share information about consumer fraud and phishing," said Stirling McBride, a senior investigator in Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement group, the team from which the full-time analyst will be drawn. "Increasingly, we are recognizing that cybercrime is not a problem that we are going to solve unilaterally, and law enforcement has come to that same conclusion."
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.
Anti-spam laws are working
Several major spam email companies have stopped sending offensive unsolicited messages to Australians in the three months since tough new regulations were introduced.
The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) said while it was unsure of the exact number of companies which had stopped sending spam, there had been a dramatic reduction in such messages since the Spam Act was introduced in April.
"The ACA's initial focus was on spammers allegedly sending high volumes of offensive unsolicited material including pornography and marketing for products such as herbal Viagra," ACA acting chairman Dr Bob Horton said.