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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Microsoft to Pay $250,000 to Conficker Hunter

Microsoft will reward $250,000 to one who finds the culprit coder behind the Downadup/Conficker Work

Last month, a virus named Downadup/Conficker infected 9 million Windows machines and their network. Honestly, the virus created havoc by rapidly spreading within span of couple of days.

Post that, Microsoft has taken an active step by teaming up with Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Domain Name System operators and others. Together they'll disable the domains targeted by conficker virus to stop the worm infection across the network.
George Stathakopulos, of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group told BBC, "People who write this malware have to be held accountable." By collaborating with the technology companies, academic organizations and Internet Infrastructure firms, Microsoft intends to nail down the Conficker virus' activities.

Conficker virus is a self-replicating malware code that replicates itself over the computers and network without latest security patches. Security firms advices everyone to keep the virus definitions up to date and install Micrsoft MS08-67 patch (KB958644).
Microsoft has announced to pay reward of $250,000 to any individual who'll find out the culprits behind Conficker. Any individual of any country is eligible for this reward. Microsoft had paid $250,000 to two individuals who helped in identification of the notorious Sasser worm creators.
However, the crude reality also follows that rewards of $250,000 were also announced for other computer worms such as Blaster, MyDoom and Sobig but their culprits were never caught.

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