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#1 Leo

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:15 PM

Microsoft is serious about catching the author of the Conficker/Downup worm.

They've offered a bounty of $250,000 towards the capture of the folks responsible.

Hope it does some good.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:18 PM

And then since the thing is actually very well written from what I hear they will hire the person(s) as a programmer. (It's happened before. :lol: )

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:23 PM

And then since the thing is actually very well written from what I hear they will hire the person(s) as a programmer. (It's happened before. :lol: )


Yep I know that's happened before. Couple of major differences this go around.

There wasn't a bounty offered then. Microsoft is working with several internet security companies to combat the issue. Neither of which I can remember ever happening before. This thing goes beyond being a prank and exploiting a loophole in an operating system.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:59 PM

Oh, no doubt. So, what's the latest tally anyway? Last I heard we were up to 15 million infected world-wide.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:33 PM

Yep 15 million but how can they count it?

I think the only thing stopping the perpetrators from exploiting the infection is that doing so will point a path straight back to them.
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