As you may already be aware, the Conficker / Downadup worm has already spread itself across the internet at an alarming rate.
Security professionals see it as a huge threat but now they have the might of Microsoft on their side as the software giant has offered a $250,000 reward in order to bring those behind the Conficker virus to justice.
Microsoft said today in a statement today that the bounty would be paid for –
‘information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet,’
– adding that they are fostering relationships with Internet registries, providers and security vendors in an attempt to stop Confiker for good.
Those believed to be partnering Microsoft in this most noble of causes include ICANN and Symantec amongst others.
Confiker, also known as Downadup, is believed to have infected upwards of 12 million computers, including those used in sensitive operations, such as in hospitals and military institutions.