Microsoft Cracks Down on Cybercrime, Blows Up Internet

July 10, 2014

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Microsoft Cracks Down on Cybercrime, Blows Up Internet

Last week, Microsoft decided it had had enough of this whole “Internet” thing. So… it did what any reasonable superpower would do. It set fire to the servers of millions of innocent, Internet loving civilians, all while singing Inner Circle’s hit single, “Bad Boys”.

…well, that’s what you’ll hear from Twitter at least.

In an effort to halt the actions of a number of persistent cyber criminals, Microsoft was granted a court order  to seize 23 domains from the Dynamic Domain name System (DDNS) provider No-IP.  Microsoft claimed that the service had not kept up with cyber-security best practices or policing the domains in question. After a Nevada-based federal court granted them access, Microsoft set up filters to only allow clean data to flow through.

However, Microsoft’s actions inadvertently shut down service to millions of innocent users, who used the service to manage everything from home security systems to business websites. The No-IP community lashed out at Microsoft, claiming that the actions were “draconian” and “heavy-handed.” In classic Internet style, the move was greeted with a massive social media smack-down:

According to a statement posted on No-IP’s website, “Microsoft never contacted us or asked us to block any subdomains, even though we have an open line of communication with Microsoft corporate executives.” As of this writing, the 23 domains have been returned to No-IP.

The move from Microsoft shouldn’t come as a surprise. The software giant has kept a constant flow of actions against cyber criminals, including their assistance in the takedown of a massive fraud ring just last month.

What do you think, were Microsoft’s actions too heavy-handed? Tweet your thoughts to us @GeekHive.

Cory Bergquist

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