Verge: The Syrian Electronic Army recently revealed documents that show how much Microsoft charges a secret FBI division to legally collect and view customer information. The SEA, which is known for hacking Western companies and their social media accounts, allowedThe Daily Dot to analyze the emails and invoices documenting months of transactions between Microsoft’s Global Criminal Compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU) before the group went public with them.
Each time the DITU requested customer information, Microsoft charged anywhere from $50 to $200 for the transaction. Monthly totals reached in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the most recent invoice for November 2013 totaling $281,000. Neither Microsoft or the DITU would confirm the validity of the documents, but a specialist told The Daily Dot that he saw no indication that the documents were fake.