The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 November 2003

Will greed undo geeks?

Microsoft apparently thinks so; they're offering $250,000 US for information leading to the capture and conviction of the individuals who inflicted the MSBlast worm and Sobig virus upon the computing world, part of an overall $5 million war chest.

Which is probably still cheaper than writing security patches.

Posted at 2:25 PM to PEBKAC


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In the case of the worm, I though there was a patch out. They just forget to tell anyone about it.

Posted by: aldahlia at 9:45 PM on 5 November 2003

There was a patch, and since I had it well in advance of the rise of Blaster, I have to assume that someone down the line was notified of its existence at some point and didn't take it seriously. Given the sheer number of MS patches, this is probably understandable.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:46 AM on 6 November 2003

With a patch-patch here, and a patch-patch there, here a bug, everywhere a bug-bug. It'd be great if the security patches actually worked as advertised. Then again, if Windows worked as advertised to begin with, I wouldn't need a girlfriend. :)

PC Game publishers have a similar problem, funny enough. If a game is popular enough, people will code hacks and cheats for online play for that game. Only cheat-free online game there is, is one that no one plays. I guess that's why OS/2 is so damned secure.

When you make money, you become a target. Even in my line of work.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 9:36 AM on 6 November 2003