Can M$oft fight organised crime?

Microsoft is claiming that its $250,000 reward was responsible for the Sasser author’s arrest, but experts say money alone will not stop the virus and spam problem.

Microsoft’s $5m Reward Program may help catch script kiddies, such as the German teenager suspected of authoring a variant of the Sasser worm, but it is unlikely to have any effect on virus writers working for organised crime syndicates, say security experts.

Four months after the MSBlast worm tore through the Internet, Microsoft announced it had set up a $5m fund — to be used for rewarding people who offer information leading to a conviction with $250,000. Since the launch of the fund, although a number of suspected malware authors have been arrested, none have yet been convicted.