Microsoft offers $250,000 reward to catch Conficker worm author

By on February 12, 2009, 5:13 PM
Microsoft is trying to put some pressure on the creators of the Conficker Internet worm (otherwise known as Downadup) that has infected millions of Windows PCs in record time. According to reports, the company is prepared to shell out the sum of $250,000 to anyone that can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the malicious code.

The software giant said it was also working with security researchers, domain name registrars and the ICANN hoping to take down the servers that have been launching attacks. The worm, which first appeared late last year, takes advantage of a critical bug in Windows systems to spread, and even though the flaw was already patch by Microsoft back in October it is estimated that about 12 million machines have been infected.

The $250,000 reward may be a strong incentive to anyone who may know those responsible for Conficker and it wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft has offered such a bounty. In 2003 it offered the same amount, to no avail, for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those behind the infamous SoBig and Blaster worms. Later, in 2004, it paid $250,000 to two people for identifying the teenager who wrote the Sasser worm.




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moeschen said:
So they paid $250,000 to identify the teenager. And what happened to the teenager? NOTHING. It was denied Nintendo privileges for two weeks and released to its parents. Perhaps a few public executions would do the trick. p.s. would not be surprised if the two informants, also teenagers, were in cahoots with the third one, and they split the money.
tengeta said:
Well, its worse than what Michael Phelps did, so maybe we should waste more time and effort on it.
siiix said:
yeah but you have to create a damn good virus to get a reward put out for "you", hell even if the teen gets a year in kid prison its worth for many, and probably he only gets probation or nothing, i think a $175000 for the teen and $75000 for the report person is a fair split, i would do it if i could : )
Wildrat said:
Put the parents in jail for probably letting the brat write the code, likely with their knowledge. Then take the brat and put him in the system and let one of the not so loving foster homes have him for awhile, and give the parents a hefty fine also so they can remember to keep an eye on their offspring. For those that think this is not enough, put parachutes on their back, all three, load them in a C-130 and drop them off in the mountainous area of Afghanistan.
anguis said:
lol Wildrat, the idea that the parents actually know anything about computers is slim.
DarkCobra said:
Got a much better idea Microsoft . . . instead of putting up large sums for Bounty Hunter's . . . put your money into finally developing a modern OS instead of rehashing the same old tired OS platform with little more than cosmetic makeovers which any kid out there now seems able to crack!
gbhall said:
Now Bill Gates, whatever else he may be is a genius. But he knows he has a terrible tiger by the tail. The idea of cutting off hundreds of millions (a billion?) PC windows users without a backward-compatible strategy is inconceivable to him. Hell of a pity, DarkCobra, otherwise I'm with you, second in the queue in fact. He could do it though, maybe just too old, tired and battered by all the brickbats?
mechakingkong said:
[b]Originally posted by DarkCobra:[/b][quote]Got a much better idea Microsoft . . . instead of putting up large sums for Bounty Hunter's . . . put your money into finally developing a modern OS instead of rehashing the same old tired OS platform with little more than cosmetic makeovers which any kid out there now seems able to crack![/quote]i agree
MichaelLS said:
Well said DarkCobra!
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