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'Digital Crimes Consortium 2011: Turning the Tables against Cybercrime'

Magazine article Information Today

'Digital Crimes Consortium 2011: Turning the Tables against Cybercrime'

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A recent report shows the global cost of cybercrime is greater than the combined effect on the global economy of trafficking in marijuana, heroin and cocaine. That staggering statistic underscores the need for the industry, academic community and law enforcement-those working to combat cybercrime-to come together to share ideas and strategize on ways to fight the threat and make the online world safer for everyone.

That's one of the reasons the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit hosts the Digital Crimes Consortium (DCC), an annual, week-long conference that provides a rare opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement officials and members of the technology security community from around the world to come together to discuss and demonstrate the latest issues facing disruption and enforcement efforts involving cybercrime worldwide. This year's event has included 340 attendees from 33 countries around the world. ...

In recent years, we've watched cybercrime evolve in ways that make it comparable to organized crime-a network of bad actors-forming an infrastructure that enables a wide variety of criminal activity. …

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