Friday, February 13, 2009
Wanted Perpetrator of Conficker or Downadup Virus! Microsoft Will Pay Cyber Detectives $250,000 For Information! Update 2-16-09
The economy is bad. A plane has crashed today. The stock market has been in crash mode for months and people need some good news. Well, how about a way to make $250,000 courtesy of Microsoft? No, this is not a scam. Just follow the most recent wanted ads. Wanted Dead OR Alive! Well, not really but there is a $250,000 reward being offered by Microsoft. Microsoft is offering a $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of hackers behind a powerful computer virus. The Conficker or Downadup virus may not be fatal, but it spreads the most serious computer infections ever seen. It infects mostly corporate networks and then provides a link back to its point of origin. This allows the virus an entry point to cause additional damage even after the initial infection.
Microsoft has created a patch to fix the bug. Nevertheless, the patch will not correct a network where the virus has already spread. "As part of Microsoft's ongoing security efforts, we constantly look for ways to use a diverse set of tools and develop methodologies to protect our customers," explained George Stathakopoulos, of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.
Microsoft has previously rewarded informants who identified the creator of Sasser, a 2004 virus. The alleged creator was tracked to Germany, where he was later convicted.
So now is the time to play cyber detective and earn a few dollars...
Update 2-16-09: Legal Pub seldom singles out posts. But Eddie Phillips post on this subject is a must read. In fact, I am also providing a link to his web site as well. PHILLIPS LINK.
Update 4-9-09: Conficker worm is updating via peer-to-peer between infected computers and dropping a mystery payload on infected computers according to , Trend Micro. For many the worm activated on April 1, 2009. It is suspected that this is a keystroke logger or some other program designed to steal sensitive data off a computer. The heavily encrypted software appears as a .sys component hiding behind a rootkit. A rootkit is software designed to hide the fact that a computer has been compromised. , according to Trend Micro. The worm tries to connect to MySpace.com, MSN.com, eBay.com, CNN.com and AOL.com to test a computer's Internet connectivity. The software allegedly is designed to shut down on May 3. For questions, consult TrendLabs Malware Blog.