An Anniversary Celebration for the Anti-Virus Rewards Program Reveals Sobig's Likely Author.

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An anonymous entity posts on the internet a 48-page technical analysis on who they believe wrote the Sobig Worm that plagued millions last year. So far no one has come forward about the posting and there have been no comments by law enforcement on this article.

An anonymous posting released October 30th, 2004, links to a 48-page technical research paper on who wrote the infamous Sobig worm which went around causing billions in damages last year. The article concludes that the author of this worm is a Russian programmer and goes out all the way to name him.

This file has been mirrored heavily since it was posted on Slashdot (http://it.slashdot.org/it/04/11/01/1410229.shtml?tid=220), but it originated from http://authortravis.tripod.com. The Full-Disclosure posting (found at http://lists.netsys.com/pipermail/full-disclosure/2004-October/028178.html) came in from a hotmail email address, which, at this time, is not known whether it is a valid contact address for the anonymous researcher(s).

The authors indicated that the timing of the release was intended to correlate with the one year anniversary of the Anti-Virus Reward Program, which came in existence on November 5th, 2003. The authors stated that they had given this to law enforcement over a year ago, and that their incentive was not the bounty set by Microsoft for $250,000. Microsoft at this time has not commented about the article.

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