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July 14, 2005

Microsoft Rewards Sasser Worm Informants

SEATTLE (Reuters)—Microsoft Corp. will pay a combined $250,000 to two people who helped track down the author of the Sasser Internet worm, which infected computers around the globe, the world's largest software maker said on Friday.

A German court hours earlier gave Sven Jaschan a suspended sentence of 21 months after he admitted creating the malicious software program.

Jaschan, 19, was arrested within a week after the Sasser worm first appeared on the Internet in May 2004 and infected more than a million computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The two individuals, who were not identified, will share the reward, which Microsoft established with Interpol, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.

Full story at eWeek.

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