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Not every tech company has its own evidence room and forensics lab. And not every police station has a giant touch-screen display.

The worlds of technology and criminal investigation are colliding in a new “Cybercrime Center” on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, home to investigators, researchers and engineers who battle botnets and other online threats around the world.

Microsoft this morning released the first public details and images of the center.

The secure facility houses teams that develop and use technologies to detect, map and in some cases thwart criminal activity online, including identity theft, malware, online fraud and child pornography. It’s an outgrowth of the company’s efforts to boost security for users of Windows and other Microsoft products.

Among other activities, Microsoft says it has taken down or disrupted seven major criminal botnets, and worked with authorities to identify and disrupt 20,000 online pharmacies selling counterfeit drugs. In addition to space for the company’s employees, the Cybercrime Center includes a secure location where outside experts can station themselves as they’re working in conjunction with Microsoft teams on various cybercrime initiatives.

See this Microsoft article for more on the initiatives, and click on any image below for a gallery from inside the facility.


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