$250,000 reward by Microsoft for any Rustock Botnet information

Microsoft offers $250,000 reward for those who can providing Rustock botnet information results in identification, arrest and criminal conviction as efforts to establish identity of those responsible for controlling Rustock botnet.


Rustock botnet responsible for large number of cyber crime, spam (around 30 billion spam emails per day), unapproved versions of pharmaceuticals, advertising for counterfeit, violating trademarks and pirated software related cases. Infection base of Rustock botnet already cut in half since takedown but still leaves hundreds of thousands of systems around the world under control.

Richard Boscovich Senior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit comments as below:

This reward offer stems from Microsoft’s recognition that the Rustock botnet is responsible for a number of criminal activities and serves to underscore our commitment to tracking down those behind it. While the primary goal for our legal and technical operation has been to stop and disrupt the threat that Rustock has posed for everyone affected by it, we also believe the Rustock bot-herders should be held accountable for their actions.

Residents of any country are eligible for this reward pursuant to the laws of that country. Microsoft reserves exclusive right to review and evaluate legitimacy of all leads submitted and further reserves the right to provide such leads to United States law enforcement.

Email directly to Microsoft about Rustock botnet information: avreward@microsoft.com

More information about $250,000 reward can be found in the reward document and noticeofpleadings.com.