Fri, Feb 13 2009 4:39
Microsoft offers $250k reward, forms alliance to fight worm
Microsoft this morning announced a $250,000 reward and an industry
alliance in an effort to stop the spread of the Conficker worm, which
targets a Windows Server service vulnerability that the company patched last October. The worm, also known as Downadup, has continued to spread by infecting unpatched systems.
The reward is being offered for information leading to the people
who released the worm. The vulnerability targeted by the worm lets an
attacker take full control of an unpatched system over a network. The
Redmond company has used reward money in the past to track down people who release high-profile worms, with some success.
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