Cybercrime is a rapidly growing criminal business, impacting millions of people and organizations around the world. Cybercrime costs the global economy up to USD$500 billion annually. Consumers will spend USD$25 billion and 1.2 billion hours dealing with security issues from counterfeit software in 2014. And one in five small- and medium-sized businesses have been targeted by cybercrime.
Microsoft launched the Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) to proactively work with law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Picture an international dream team of technology, legal, and forensics experts, working with top organizations around the world — including Europol, the FBI, Interpol, academia, global governmental agencies, and nongovernmental organizations — to combat some of the most widespread, intricate, and organized cybercriminals.
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