Software giant Microsoft have announced a reward of $250000 to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the creator of the Conficker worm. The reward is for “information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet,” the software giant said in a statement.
Microsoft also announced that residents of any country are eligible for the reward, as per the law of that country. This is the fourth time that Microsoft has offered a generous reward for information about malware writers. The previous bounty led to the capture of the person who wrote the notorious Sasser virus in 2005. The reward comes with the formation of an international alliance of internet registries, service providers and security vendors to stop the spread of the malicious worm.
Conficker (also known as Downadup) was first spotted in November last year. Now, it is now considered as one of the most notorious worms, who have infected at least 10 million PCs worldwide. Conficker works by disabling anti-malware protection and directing infected computers to a network of rogue servers that allow the computers to be taken over by the attackers.