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If so, Microsoft has a bounty out on the creators and operators of the Rustock botnet spam operation.

The Rustock botnet was the mother of

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Attention, Hackers: Want to Make $250,000 Ratting Out Spammers?

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If so, Microsoft has a bounty out on the creators and operators of the Rustock botnet spam operation.

The Rustock botnet was the mother of all spambots. Based in Russia, at the height of its operation it supposedly sent out up to 30 billion spam e-mails a day, mostly for products like Viagra.

The bot was shut down in March with the help of Microsoft. Now the company wants to see heads roll for the folks behind the spam.

Microsoft Blog:

Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th.

Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit, we decided to augment our civil discovery efforts to identify those responsible for controlling the notorious Rustock botnet by issuing a monetary reward in the amount of $250,000 for new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of such individual(s).

So if anyone finds themselves in greater need of a quarter-million dollars than of spammer friends, they can email avreward@microsoft.com.

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