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Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for Conficker arrest

Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for Conficker arrest
Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for Conficker arrest 

By Elinor Mills
CNet News
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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