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Experts, IT managers say Microsoft should forget bounty, focus on security

Microsoft has set up a $5M reward fund to catch virus and worm writers. Microsoft Corp.’s $5 million reward fund to catch virus and worm writers drew mixed reactions today from IT security managers and experts, some of whom would rather see the company use the money to improve Windows security than chase bad guys. Flanked by officials from the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and Interpol, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, detailed the program and its two first rewards, which were set at $250,000 each, for the authors of the MSBlast.A worm and the Sobig virus. The reward money, said Smith, is intended to help authorities “catch, prosecute and convict people who break the law by launching malicious viruses and worms on the Internet.” Full Story

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