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Microsoft to initiate over 100 legal actions to target Cybercriminals with Launch of Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative

In an expansion of previous efforts targeted to help protect consumers from online fraud, Microsoft announced efforts overseas bringing together law enforcement, governments and industries in worldwide fight against online fraud.

“Phishing is a crime. It undermines consumers’ trust in the Internet and is an impediment to European policy-makers’ and industries’ efforts to boost citizens’ use of innovative and valuable Internet services,” said Neil Holloway, president of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  So far, Microsoft has led the takedown of 4,744 phishing sites worldwide and this announcement is just the next in an ongoing and growing effort linked to a larger Microsoft® program, the Global Phishing Enforcement Initiative (GPEI), launched by the company to coordinate and expand its many anti-phishing efforts worldwide to fight phishers through consumer protection, partnerships and prosecution.

You can view the full release on this announcement HERE.

You can also view some of our past posts regarding online actions or warnings for consumers:

1) How does that eBay deal look now? Microsoft Files Lawsuits Against Online Sellers to Help Protect Consumers From Illegal Software

2) Illegal & Counterfeit Software – Microsoft to heighten efforts to target these activities

3) BSA now offering up to $200,000 in rewards for Qualifying Piracy Reports!

4) Online Video available to answer BSA questions

5) Is it worth it to try to save a few dollars? Internet searches are probably not your best bet for buying software…


Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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