Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for information leading to capture of Conficker worm virus creator

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gates-mug-shot-virus-bounty.jpgIf you happen to inhabit the same deadly underground hacking world (forum) as the creator of the “Conficker” virus that’s been wreaking havoc on PCs since last October and even left France vulnerable to aerial invasion, you might be in luck.

Microsoft has put up a $250,000 reward for information leading the the capture of the creator of the worm/virus, hoping that some of the man’s internet friends might be a bit keen on grassing him up and bringing him to justice in return for more than enough money to buy a gaming rig and a Vaio P for on-the-go.

“People who write this malware have to be held accountable,” George Stathakopulos from Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group said, rather worryingly, adding that “whoever wrote this caused significant pain to our customers and we are sending a message that we will do everything we can to help with your arrest.”

Arrest. Then trial. Then EXECUTION by lethal injection.

Meanwhile, on the side of RIGHT and JUST and HONOURABLE, Microsoft has revealed it’s planning a move into the retail world – and will be opening a worldwide chain of shops to flog PCs and software.

We cannot wait to go inside a Microsoft Store. It’ll be like an Apple store, only with geekier, more dishevelled staff and much more swearing at crashed display machines.

(Via BBC)

Gary Cutlack

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