This is not an X Factor for talent, but a bounty in the true sense of the word, as the company are offering $250,000 (£155,000) for any information that leads to the ID, arrest and conviction of the people behind the Rustock Botnet. The fact the company are will to put up this sort of cash, just shows how significant this botnet is to Microsoft, in fact the software giant admits that the botnet has been responsible for a great deal of criminal attacks and activities around the internet.
According to a spokesperson from Microsoft who was writing in a blog post on the subject;
“Microsoft has already been gathering strong evidence in our ongoing investigation and this reward aims to take that effort a step further. We will continue to follow this case wherever it leads us and remain committed to working with our partners around the world to help people regain control of their Rustock-infected computers.”
Source [Hot Hardware]