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Microsoft says virus writer bounties are working

by Donna Buenaventura / February 24, 2004 2:24 AM PST

The software giant has revealed that the $5m fund it set up to reward information about virus writers may yet lead to the arrest of the authors of three major viruses

The multi-million dollar fund set aside by Microsoft to reward people who provide information about the creators of the most damaging worms and viruses is paying dividends, according to one of the software company's senior security officials.

David Aucsmith, security architect and chief technology officer for Microsoft's security business unit, revealed on Tuesday that the $5m reward fund has yielded information that could lead to the capture of the writers of MSBlast, Sobig-F and MyDoom.B.


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