At a press conference this morning, Microsoft announced cash bounties for the capture of the authors of the MSBlaster and SoBig.F electronic attacks, which crippled Windows-based systems this summer. The company will offer cash rewards of $500,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.
Microsoft says that it's offering the bounties in cooperation with law enforcement officials in the United States and Europe, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Secret Service, and the UK's Interpol. According to a Reuters report, the bounty idea came up when the ongoing investigation into the attacks stalled recently.
The MSBlaster virus, also called MSBlast, LovSan, and Blaster, hit Windows systems in August and bogged down corporate networks worldwide. SoBig.F hit less than a month later, infecting email users with a worm that quickly proliferated around the globe.