November 5th, 2003, 03:09 PM
M$ puts a price on their heads...
OK....now I KNOW I wandered into a black hole and came out in a parallel universe or alternate reality.....
Technology news service CNET News.com reported late on Tuesday that the software giant would offer $500,000 for information leading to the arrest of the writers of two of the costliest computer bug outbreaks to hit the Internet.
Computer experts contacted by Reuters across Europe confirmed a cash reward was on the cards.
The bugs wreaked havoc across the world in August and September, attacking computers that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems.
A Microsoft spokeswoman in London said only that a press conference would be held on Wednesday in Washington at 10 a.m. EST where a Microsoft legal counsel and investigators from the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and Interpol would make a statement
From Reuters News Service....
It isn't paranoia when you KNOW they're out to get you...
November 5th, 2003, 03:44 PM
Wow, I'm shocked, M$ will spend that much money on something they know is not gonna give them an ROI, lol.
I'm sure two less virus writers aren't going to make the internet a safer place to be.
People properly securing they're systems, and companies producing quality code will.
November 5th, 2003, 03:49 PM
Instead of spending $500,000 to catch the virus writers, why don't they put that money towards plugging the holes that allow theses things to infect. Or maybe put it towards lowering the outrageous prices they charge for software. Like Pure said, two less virus writers doesn't mean anything, we need to stop it at the source.
And Allen, I've been in an alternate reality for years, it's not bad once you get used to it, lol.
Real security doesn't come with an installer.
November 5th, 2003, 08:01 PM
I guess they have to find someone to blame for their flaws. LOL!
November 5th, 2003, 08:56 PM
I'm not necessarily a fan of Microsoft but its the same as any reward...someone robs or destroys ur property or something, you set a reward to have the criminal caught and done justice. Its not blaming anyone or gonna make they're software better. I always cap on microsoft too but sayin "they should put that 250 thousand to they're OS to make it better" they've got billions of dollars. i dunno...i'm just sayin i dont see anything wrong with it..its just the same as puttin out a reward for a vandalizer in ur community or something
November 6th, 2003, 05:40 PM
Well, let me get my feet wet, M$ should give me the money and I can find two people to take the blame for the attack, they would probably live in some arab country where they couldn't be extradited from and they would receive part of the reward after I proved they were the ones that committed the attack
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November 6th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Well I think that this is a good thing they are doing, money causes people to do strange things, and not only may this tempt somene to tell on there buddies for 250,000$ but this will also maybe scare some future worm writers, knowing that M$ is willing to pay for them to be found. Let us not forget that M$ money is pretty much endless. And this may not improve their security, but this will send a message, "***** with us, you go to prison". Go M$.
November 6th, 2003, 09:02 PM
Micro$oft owns you...all your base are belong to us
November 6th, 2003, 09:14 PM
It's aPublic Relations Exercise. And a very cheap way for MS to show that they DO care about their systems' security... After the fact!
November 6th, 2003, 11:05 PM
It is interesting to see Microsquish doing this. It would also be interesting as Red_Asphalt stated, to see if the hackers turn on each other.
I also wonder if this is a spin attempt by M$ to show it is "getting tough" with hackers.
FYI - a similiar news article from the AP via SecurityFocus:
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