Microsoft Offers Top Dollar for Rustock Info
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jul 2011
Seems that Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is set to take down Rustock, the notorious spamming botnet that had an estimated 1 million infected computers operating under its control, and everyone connected with the botnet.

We are not going to focus on the fact that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DUC), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, took down the botnet in March. We are not going to focus on the fact that the Rustock botnet stayed down and did not come back to life since then. Nor are we going to focus on the fact that Microsoft published notices in two Russian newspapers informing Rustock operators that they are being sued, event though all of these show Microsoft’s commitment to taking down Rustock and associated parties.

Sponsored Links

We are going to focus on something else – mainly, the fact that Microsoft is willing to pay top dollar for Rustock info. And more to the point, Microsoft announced that it will pay a $250,000 reward for information that could help it identify, arrest and convict the ones who controlled the Rustock botnet. Or to put it in other words, Microsoft will pay a quarter of a million dollars to find out who the operators of the Rustock botnet are.

So if you have info that can lead to the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of Rustock operators, you could be $250K richer. All you have to do is get in touch with Microsoft via email at avreward@microsoft.com. Microsoft explained that because the Rustock botnet had an international impact, residents of any country are eligible for the reward pursuant to the laws of that country.

“This reward offer stems from Microsoft’s recognition that the Rustock botnet is responsible for a number of criminal activities and serves to underscore our commitment to tracking down those behind it,” commented Richard Boscovich, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. “While the primary goal for our legal and technical operation has been to stop and disrupt the threat that Rustock has posed for everyone affected by it, we also believe the Rustock bot-herders should be held accountable for their actions.”

Additional info on Microsoft’s $250K reward is available in this PDF file.



Tags: Microsoft, Security, Botnet, Rustock
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 24 Jun 2016
Some people don’t like phone cases and say that they’ll never spend their hard earned money on one. You probably don’t feel as strongly against smartphone cases. You even like them, as long as they’re something novel, something you don’t see...
By George Norman on 23 Jun 2016
As I’ve said several times before, the tech and software world is constantly changing and evolving. While new products hit the market hoping to make it big, other products get the axe.
Related News
By George Norman on 11 Apr 2016
The Redstone update for Windows 10 has been rebranded as the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It's the next major Windows 10 update and it will come with plenty of exciting new features.
By George Norman on 05 Jan 2016
Seeing that is offered as a free upgrade and that Microsoft is aggressively asking customers to upgrade, it comes as no surprise that Windows 10...
By George Norman on 09 May 2016
The Get Windows 10 prompt is starting to get on your nerves and you'd love to get rid of it. Why can't Microsoft just understand that you don't want to switch or upgrade to Windows 10?
By George Norman on 20 Jan 2016
Working with Excel is tedious enough, surely you don’t want to unnecessarily prolong your suffering. You want to be as efficient as possible and get things done as quickly as you can.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Microsoft Offers Top Dollar for Rustock Info
HTML Linking Code