Security reseller Nebulas has reacted with bemusement to the$250,000 reward being offered by Microsoft to catch the author of the Confickerworm.
The software vendor made the announcement that it wasprepared to pay a reward to stop the worm writer causing further problems withits applications.
But Nick Garlick, managing director of Nebulas Security,said that the reward failed to highlight the ongoing negligence towards worms.
“What is incomprehensible is that the 12 million computersinfected with the virus could have been easily protected – had their userstaken simple, routine measures to install the necessary patches and up-to-dateanti-virus software,” he said.
He added that a lot of security breaches were preventable andthe technology existed already in the market to fend them off.
“It should be so ingrained in their culture that patchingand anti-virus updating is routine and regular – it’s incredibly frustratingthat these lessons still aren’t being learned. Pre-empting this type ofsituation is easy, compared with dealing with the havoc, loss of reputation andconfidence which they create,” he added.