Conficker: Microsoft puts a bounty on worm developer's head
Microsoft takes unusual steps to find the developer of the Conficker worm. The company puts a bounty of 250,000 US Dollars on the head of the programmer.
Conficker: Microsoft offers 250,000 US Dollar bounty
As it has been the case with the Sasser worm, Microsoft wants to help finding the developer of the Conficker worm by offering a reward of 250,000 US Dollars. Conficker aka W32.Downadup has infected millions of systems worldwide. The worm is able to connect several servers. This way it is theoretically able to reload malicious code. Right after the "installation” Conficker locks the services for Windows Update, the Security Center and the Defender (Windows Vista). Important: The worm can also be transmitted via USB devices - it is enough to click on one of the options in the autorun menu.
It seems like Microsoft is working with security experts and domain registrars to locate the servers the worm is connecting to.