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Covington Assists in Identification of Suspects in Internet Fraud Matter

January 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2006 -  Today, Covington & Burling recognizes the tremendous effort and dedication of the Bulgarian National Services to Combat Organized Crime (NSCOC) agency and Microsoft Corporation, for the January 18-19 police raid that resulted in the arrest of eight individuals allegedly involved in an international criminal network that used the Internet to steal personal data and commit financial fraud.

Working closely with Microsoft and law enforcement, Covington's Global Internet Enforcement team supported efforts to identify the alleged group that specialized in creating false web pages mirroring the design, logo and trademarks of official "Microsoft Billing Account Management" pages.  By inviting users to update personal financial data on these sites, they allegedly managed to make purchases and express money transfers on behalf of US, UK, and German card holders.

Covington's Global Internet Enforcement team is widely recognized for its depth and breadth of expertise.  The team combines full-time, multi-lingual Internet investigators with specialized IT skills and access to advanced IT tools, with attorneys well versed in the laws pertaining to the Internet, cyber crime and new technologies.  Their experience in fighting all types of Internet fraud, distinctive among law firms, stems from their long involvement in global Internet monitoring and enforcement programs on behalf of some of the world's largest intellectual property rights holders.  In recognition of the team's unique skills, Covington was recently awarded "Best Achievement in Protecting IP on the Internet" at the 2005 WORLDleaders' European IP Awards.

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