Today Microsoft announced a US $250,000 reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet. 


Microsoft recognizes that the Conficker worm is a criminal attack and wants to help authorities catch the criminals responsible for it. Residents of any country are eligible for the reward, according to the laws of that country, because Internet viruses affect the Internet community worldwide.


Individuals with information about the Conficker worm are encouraged to contact their respective law enforcement agency.  Additionally, Microsoft has implemented an Antivirus Reward Hotline at 1-425-706-1111, and an Antivirus Reward Mailbox at to share tips.


For more information about the Conficker worm, see Conficker Worm: Protect Windows from Conficker.A and Conficker.B.