After sharing the news that Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th, and further publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit, the Redmond company is now "calling people to help to dentify 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)," revealed Richard Boscovich, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit over at Microsoft blog.
"The legal action Microsoft has taken in civil court has already been successful, helping us take down the Rustock botnet and disrupt its operations."
"This reward offer stems from Microsoft's recognition that the Rustock botnet is responsible for a number of criminal activities and serves to underscore our commitment to tracking down those behind it. While the primary goal for our legal and technical operation has been to stop and disrupt the threat that Rustock has posed for everyone affected by it, we also believe the Rustock bot-herders should be held accountable for their actions," Boscovich stated.
Note: The total maximum amount eligible for reward is $250,000.00 (USD value). Residents of any country are eligible for the reward pursuant to the laws of that country, because the Rustock botnet affected the Internet community worldwide. Anyone with information on the Rustock botnet or its operators should contact Microsoft at email@example.com.
"More information about the reward can be found in the reward document embedded below, which is also available at noticeofpleadings.com."
[Source: Microsoft Blog]