Security reseller Nebulas has reacted with bemusement to the $250,000 reward being offered by Microsoft to catch the author of the Conficker worm.
The software vendor made the announcement that it was prepared to pay a reward to stop the worm writer causing further problems with its 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 computers infected with the virus could have been easily protected – had their users taken simple, routine measures to install the necessary patches and up-to-date anti-virus software,” he said.
He added that a lot of security breaches were preventable and the technology existed already in the market to fend them off.
“It should be so ingrained in their culture that patching and anti-virus updating is routine and regular – it’s incredibly frustrating that these lessons still aren’t being learned. Pre-empting this type of situation is easy, compared with dealing with the havoc, loss of reputation and confidence which they create,” he added.