Microsoft has teamed up with security and consumer groups to set up a centralized service where security researchers can report incidents of internet fraud and hand over stolen personal data.
Internet Fraud Alert, which began operations immediately on its launch on Thursday, is a partnership between Microsoft and the US-based National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA). It is supported by organizations including Accuity, the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), eBay, the Federal Trade Commission and PayPal, Microsoft said.
With the service, security researchers can use a centralized alert system developed by Microsoft to report stolen data — such as online account login details or credit card numbers — that they come across during their work. They can also use it to notify the financial and other institutions responsible for the compromized accounts, Microsoft said.
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