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$250K reward for Sasser informants

by Nikola Strahija on July 9th, 2005 Two people who helped identify the creator of the infamous Sasser worm in 2004 will share a reward of $250,000, Microsoft confirmed Friday.


News of the payment under the software giant's Anti Virus Reward Program comes after a German court sentenced Sven Jaschan, 19, self-confessed author of Sasser to 21 months probation and a community service order following his conviction on computer sabotage offences.

Jaschan was arrested after a tip-off to Microsoft from individuals who took advantage of Microsoft's Anti-Virus Reward Program. In a statement, Microsoft said it was a condition of its anti-virus tip-off reward that recipients had no criminal involvement in a case.

Microsoft invested $5m in establishing its Anti-Virus Reward Program back in November 2003. The scheme is designed to "help law enforcement agencies identify and bring to justice those who illegally release damaging worms, viruses and other types of malicious code on the Internet".

Microsoft is putting up the money but it is up to investigators to decide if anyone qualifies for the bounties, payable on arrest and conviction of a virus writer. The Saser reward represents the first payment under the scheme, a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed.


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