Microsoft Creates Virus-Writer Bounty Program

By Deane Barker on November 5, 2003

Microsoft: Bounty hunter: Considering they swallow $10 million in bad press for every Blaster or Sobig, this is quite a deal for them.

“As the first part of the program, Microsoft (MSFT: Research, Estimates) announced two $250,000 rewards, a total of $500,000, for information that leads to the arrest of the writers of two nasty computer worms — the Blaster worm and SoBig.F e-mail virus — that crippled many PCs running on the Microsoft Windows operating system this summer. Microsoft did not announce specific plans for the remaining $4.5 million in the reward program.”

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