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Microsoft Puts $250,000 Bounty on Conficker Worm

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posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 02:04 PM
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Microsoft is trying to put some pressure on the criminals responsible for the worst Internet worm outbreak in years, offering a US$250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Conficker's creators.


Conficker, also known as the Downadup worm, takes advantage of a critical bug in Microsoft's Windows operating system, which was patched last October. Since late December the worm has emerged as one of the worst computer threats in years, infecting more than 10 million computer systems worldwide, including PCs within the British and French militaries.

Here is some additional info regarding the Conficker worm.

Summary of what the Conficker worm does according to Microsoft.

Win32/Conficker is a worm that infects other computers across a network by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE). If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, it could allow remote code execution when file sharing is enabled. Depending on the specific variant, it may also spread via removable drives and by exploiting weak passwords. It disables several important system services and security products and downloads arbitrary files.

I guess this is another way to take down Microsoft. Force em to put up bounty for hackers.

posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 02:31 PM
I heard Microsoft creates most of the worms for their software in the first place. Destroy your own software, then people will pay to have it fixed or better yet, buy a new computer.

Maybe this is a load of bull? Maybe not. Who can really say for sure?


posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 02:50 PM
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