By Elinor Mills
February 12, 2009
Microsoft on Thursday said it is offering a $250,000 reward for
information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is
responsible for creating the Conficker Internet worm that has infected
millions of PCs.
Microsoft said it is offering the reward because the worm constitutes a
"criminal attack" and offering compensation should hasten prosecution.
Residents of any country are eligible for the reward and should contact
their international law enforcement authorities, the company said in a
Microsoft also announced that it has partnered with security companies,
domain name providers, and others on a coordinated global response to
the worm, also known as Downadup. Participating are: the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), VeriSign, NeuStar,
CNNIC, Afilias, Public Internet Registry, Global Domains International,
M1D Global, AOL, Symantec, F-Secure, ISC, Georgia Tech, the Shadowserver
Foundation, Arbor Networks, and Support Intelligence.
The worm, which has been around since last year, spreads through a hole
in Windows systems, exploiting a vulnerability that Microsoft patched in
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