We have seen how deadly a trojan Downadup / Conficker / Kido has proved to be. We have also seen “How to Fix Downadup Worm?” And now, the hottest news is that Microsoft has placed at $250,000 bounty on the head of the people behind this computer virus that infected more than 15 million machines world over. It provided the hackers, spammers and cyber-criminals with a ‘back door’ into people’s machines, and making Windows users vulnerable to identity fraud and ID theft.
Its been more than a month now and still no one has been able to find out the brains behind this deadly trojan worm. Quoting a senior Technology consultant of Sophos –
“Offering substantial rewards can do no harm. If a culprit isn’t found then Microsoft hasn’t lost anything, and it may just entice some members of the computer underground to come forward with information. People considering releasing malware in the future should take careful note of this and think again.”
This is not the first time Microsoft has offered such a bounty. Previously a couple of times they had offered similar rewards which even proved fruitful and enabled the prosecution of Sven Jaschan, the German teenager of the Sasser and Netsky viruses. But the point is, offering $250 million is enough to catch a possible organized criminal group making millions themselves out of the malware?[via] Telegraph