Microsoft offers $250K for information on Rustock botnet

Microsoft has been diligently pursing the Rustock botnet and earlier this year they took down the Rustock botnet which was responsible for as many as 30 billion spam messages per day. It was yet another victory for Microsoft and one that was later followed by the takedown of Coreflood too.

Microsoft is now upping the game as it pursues those who were involved with the botnet. After previously placing two notices in two Russian newspapers, Microsoft is now offering “$250,000 for new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of such individual(s).”

Microsoft is offering the reward because the Rustock botnet has been responsible for several crimes and any information regarding the Rustock botnet will lead to the apprehension of the individuals behind it. Microsoft states:

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. 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.

This refined initiative with monetary compensation shows Microsoft’s commitment to not just taking down the botnet, but apprehending the individuals running it and removing them from the Internet ecosystem.

If you do have any information, Microsoft wants to hear from you. You can begin the contact process by visiting Microsoft’s blog posting or by emailing avreward@microsoft.com.

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“$250,000 for new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of such individual(s).”

So do you get no money if you dont need ALL these requirements? lol.

este said,
“$250,000 for new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of such individual(s).”

So do you get no money if you dont need ALL these requirements? lol.

They might give you some Microsoft points.

Magallanes said,
Better poor than rat.
Really? If i knew some script kiddie that had a botnet, i would rat in no time.

Damn "wana-be" hackers that can hostboot.

guitmz said,
Oh my God! Should I give my friends name for 250K? What should I do? So many decisions... hehehe

its not the name, but the conviction

CJ33 said,

its not the name, but the conviction

Indeed. Better manufacture some fake evidence and plant it on their computers first.

Microsoft didn't stop any botnet. Microsoft isn't YET the law. Microsoft discovered servers & Windows PCs botnetted and notified the proper authorities which sized those serves and stopped the connection to users PCs.

alexalex said,
Microsoft didn't stop any botnet. Microsoft isn't YET the law. Microsoft discovered servers & Windows PCs botnetted and notified the proper authorities which sized those serves and stopped the connection to users PCs.
Jealous much?

alexalex said,
Microsoft didn't stop any botnet. Microsoft isn't YET the law. Microsoft discovered servers & Windows PCs botnetted and notified the proper authorities which sized those serves and stopped the connection to users PCs.

Are you jelly?

Again, kudos to Microsoft for trying to fix these. I don't see government agency's working on this. I'm sure they are, just not so promoted.

Anyways, I wonder why Microsoft doesn't use the information on the botnet's to fix spam in it's own email service. It would have a leg up on everyone.

no-sweat said,
Why is it Microsoft's job to stop spam? I mean, good for them... but why them???

I wouldnt say just microsoft, they all are to some extent

no-sweat said,
Why is it Microsoft's job to stop spam? I mean, good for them... but why them???

Microsoft is like V, people hate him but he does the justice.

no-sweat said,
Why is it Microsoft's job to stop spam? I mean, good for them... but why them???
I don't think anybody ever assigned the job to MS. They took it on themselves to improve the internet and help make it a little safer (and a lot less irritating). It also helps them with their own mail services whether it's Hotmail or BPOS. The pay off is they might save a little on their mail services (although nothing to what they're investing to hunt botnets) but more importantly it's great PR. Everybody but the botnet herders enjoys the benefits.

no-sweat said,
Why is it Microsoft's job to stop spam? I mean, good for them... but why them???

I think it in a way IS their responsibility to fix considering the botnet took advantage of holes in Windows OS in order to operate the way it did.