Microsoft: Bounty hunter
The world's No. 1 software company announces a $5M reward program to help catch virus authors.
November 5, 2003: 1:12 PM EST
By Paul R. La Monica, CNN/Money Senior Writer
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Attention virus writers. Microsoft is putting a bounty on your heads.
The world's largest software company announced Wednesday in Washington that it is creating an anti-virus reward program, backed by $5 million of its cash, to help law enforcement agencies catch the authors of computer worms.
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.
"These are real crimes that disrupt the lives of real people," said Brad Smith, Microsoft senior vice president and general counsel.