(PRWEB) November 4, 2004
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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