The folks in Redmond are tired of hearing about the Conficker worm. Although Microsoft issued a patch back in October, Conficker's infected over 9 million PCs and crippled French and British military assets. Redmond's answer: a cool $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Conficker's creators.
And, that's not all Microsoft has up its sleeve.
Ace number two: it's formed a posse to help stop Conficker in its tracks. Members of the Microsoft posse include antivirus, domain name providers, and research organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), VeriSign, NeuStar, CNNIC, Afilias, Public Internet Registry, Global Domains International, M1D Global, AOL, Symantec, F-Secure, ISC, Georgia Tech, the Shadowserver Foundation, Arbor Networks, and Support Intelligence.