Microsoft said Thursday it has opened a new cybercrime center, using its resources to combat malware, intellectual property theft, child exploitation and other ills in cyberspace.


"The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," said David Finn of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.

"By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone."

The center on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, uses technology to visualize and identify online organized crime networks, child pornography, online fraud and other crimes.

It also has a secure location for third-party partners, including from academia and law enforcement.