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    Conficker reward: $250,000

    "Breeng me ze 'ead of Alfredo Conficker"

    Microsoft are offering $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Conficker (Downadub) worm.

    Story here:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-101...=2547-1_3-0-20


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    Wow, ms actually offering a reward. Our AV caught this fairly early though ... well the Dev team who immediately sent out instructions to neutralize it.
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    I think the point is that this is so widespread and so far hasn't seemed to have done anything much.

    People are worried about phase2 and what that might bring.

    I must admit that it has me confused as well.............. after all how could you "configure" (whatever the proper term is) a bot army of maybe 15,000,000 without DoSing yourself?

    Maybe they are going to sell them off in job lots?
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    how could you "configure" (whatever the proper term is) a bot army of maybe 15,000,000 without DoSing yourself?
    easy... peer-to-peer as opposed to a server based communication. much like p2p file sharing.
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    $250,000.....damn credit crunch, would have been a million two years ago
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    Seems like it's a fixed fee?

    Microsoft entered into a partnership last November to create a $5 million anti-virus reward program, supporting Interpol, the FBI, and the Secret Service. Aware of this program, certain individuals in Germany approached Microsoft investigators last week, offered to provide information about the creator of the Sasser virus, and inquired about their potential eligibility for a reward. Microsoft informed the individuals that the company would consider providing a reward of up to $250,000 if their information led to the arrest and conviction of the Sasser perpetrator.
    And:

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will pay a $250,000 (U.S.) reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for unleashing the MyDoom.B worm. MyDoom.B,
    That's sort of 4~5 years ago.

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