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Microsoft puts a $250,000 bounty on virus creators

Posted on November 6, 2003 at 08:43 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink

Microsoft has announced that they are commiting US$5million dollars to what they call the Anti-Virus Reward Program. Under the program, Microsoft are putting bounties on the heads of virus writers. The first bounties are US$250,000 each for the creators of the Sobig & the MSBlast.A viruses. The bounties will be paid to people who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of hackers who create viruses and worms.

Microsoft issued a press release on November 5th stating that they were entering into a partnership with the FBI, the Secret Service & Interpol in an effort to try and catch the creators of viruses.

Representatives of three law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secret Service and Interpol, today joined Microsoft at the National Press Club news conference, where the company provided details of the reward program.

"The malicious distribution of worms and viruses, such as MSBlast and Sobig, are far from victimless crimes," said Keith Lourdeau, Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division. "Such attacks on the Internet cost businesses worldwide millions - some estimates claim billions - of dollars and wreak havoc on individuals by ruining files, hard drives and other critical data. We intend to vigorously pursue the perpetrators of these crimes, and we hope to see additional industry-government collaboration to identify these individuals."

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