MS Offers $250K For The Makers Of Upanddown Virus

Submitted by: sfcg 8 years ago in Tech
http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/feb09/02-12ConfickerPR.mspx

World"s first industry wide digital bounty hunt and the tag is a quarter-million.
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Male 192
The Conficker worm spreads itself primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Server Service on Windows computers. The worm uses a specially crafted RPC request to execute code on the target computer.[4]

When executed on a computer, Conficker disables a number of system services such as Windows Automatic Update, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting.

It then connects to a server, where it receives further orders to propagate, gathers personal information, and downloads and installs additional malware onto the victim`s computer.[5] The worm also attaches itself to certain Windows processes such as svchost.exe, explorer.exe and services.exe.[6]
Taken from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conficker
One nasty drater that is. Gotta love it.

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Female 1,653
I think duffy may have had this virus at some point lawl
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Male 35
solution.... use linux :P
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Male 5,194
Hope they brutally kill whoever wrote this virus. Brutally, horribly, cave in his skull with a baseball bat and laugh while he chokes on his own blood with his last dying breath. Maybe fire, burn him alive and post a YouTube video of it. Get five-hundred pounds of deadly flesh-eating spiders and dump them on virus writers, set their screams to music.
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Male 8,302
I just realised what this is all about - Microsoft is willing to pay $250,000 to find someone who can program something that actually WORKS!
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Male 1,365
There is always that "if convicted" clause attached. makes it hard to collect and time consuming.
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Male 985
I blame alchol and drugs!!
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Male 192
The Conficker worm spreads itself primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Server Service on Windows computers. The worm uses a specially crafted RPC request to execute code on the target computer.[4]

When executed on a computer, Conficker disables a number of system services such as Windows Automatic Update, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting.

It then connects to a server, where it receives further orders to propagate, gathers personal information, and downloads and installs additional malware onto the victim`s computer.[5] The worm also attaches itself to certain Windows processes such as svchost.exe, explorer.exe and services.exe.[6]
Taken from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conficker
One nasty drater that is. Gotta love it.

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Female 15,763
Jihad, from what I hear, the f*cking with people reason is the most common one by a large majority.
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Male 64
"Microsoft has previously paid out similar rewards to informants who helped identify the creator of Sasser, another notorious worm let loose in 2004. The perpetrator was tracked to Germany, where he was sentenced a year later"

taken from CNN`s account of this story found here:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/ptech/02/13...

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Male 2,582
Why would I even care?
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Female 513
Wasn`t there an industry wide bounty for the kid that made the Sasser virus?
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Male 372
deathxtra: viruses are created by people who are really good at (obscure/difficult) programming languages. People make viruses for generally one or two reasons: to gain access to a person`s private infromation stored on their comp (credit card numbers, passwords, or any other information you have ever entered or accessed with your PC), OR to just f/uck with people (usually malicious intent like ruining your computer or making the use of your computer miserable).
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Male 2,510
meh, they`ll never find me...

^^^

I found him!

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Male 340
"Hmmm, you have a choice of reward... $250,000 *OR* a BUG-FREE version of Windows... nah I`m only kidding, there`s as much chance of the latter as there is of MS ever paying the former."

Nothing that connects to the internet will ever be bugproof.

Ever.

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Male 904
meh, they`ll never find me...
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Male 8,302
Hmmm, you have a choice of reward... $250,000 *OR* a BUG-FREE version of Windows... nah I`m only kidding, there`s as much chance of the latter as there is of MS ever paying the former.
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Male 2,788
What exactly does this virus do?
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Male 104
*Comment Deleted*

by fancylad

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Male 104
More proof it was fancylad. "I`ll put the wrong name on, if I don`t even know the name of the virus, I shall never be suspected mwahahahahaha!!"
Think we`re onto something I-a-bers, split the cash
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Male 976
GVP, I was just thinking that when I read the title.
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Female 507
No one else was afraid to click the link? Hehe, it`d be ironic if they got Microsoft`s site too.
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Male 426
what exactly does this virus do?...and to minicabbage, the money has been credited to your account, thank you
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Male 7,933
... i think I just found something to do tomorrow
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Male 2,121
fail in the title of this link, its downadup not upanddown...
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Male 773
ha, good luck with that BG
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Male 1,078
250,000$ in the bag. Thank you, Traxus. All in a day`s work.

*pulls out yet another shotgun*

Man, it`s getting hard to hold all these shotguns. Where did I get all these, anyways?

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Male 817
By the time this ends, it`s going to turn into one of those epic back-stabbing stories amongst friends.
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Male 104
It was fancylad. 250,000 please.
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Male 105
It was me.
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Male 1,078
*pulls out shotgun*

Oh, what`s that you say? They`re CYBERcriminals?

*pulls out another shotgun*

Companion: *facepalms*

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Male 795
Link: MS Offers $250K For The Makers Of Upanddown Virus [Rate Link] - World`s first industry wide digital bounty hunt and the tag is a quarter-million.
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