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Playing cops and robbers with cybersecurity

If Microsoft’s cash bounties convince any hackers to rat out fellow cybervandals, then more power to whoever dreamed up this public relations stunt. Flanked by some serious-looking guys from the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and–get this!–Interpol, Microsoft recently announced a couple of US$250,000 rewards to anyone whose information leads to the arrest of the authors behind the MSBlast worm and Sobig virus. This is just the beginning of a US$5 million fund Microsoft will use to buy off informers. The announcement was good for a photo opportunity and achieved the appearance of movement. Microsoft needs every bit of good news it can muster. After a couple of years being on the receiving end of escalating cyberattacks, management is clearly frustrated by what it now refers to as “criminals,” not misguided geeks. Full Story

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