Reward offer for Conficker arrest

According to a cnet article, Microsoft is offering a $250 000 reward in attempt to bring the perpetrators of the Conficker worm to book. The article says:

The worm, which has been around since last year, spreads through a hole in Windows systems, exploiting a vulnerability that Microsoft patched in October.

It also spreads via removable storage devices like USB drives, and network shares by guessing passwords and usernames, which is “causing it to spread like wild fire in the enterprise,” Jose Nazario, manager of security research for Arbor Networks, wrote on a company blog.

The article estimates that 12 million PC users have been infected by the worm, highlightng the importance of having up-to-date antivirus installed on your PC.

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