New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for the capture of the author of the latest fast-spreading computer virus.
Microsoft calls the "MyDoom-dot-B" virus a "criminal attack."
The virus is designed to cause victims to launch an electronic attack next month, against Microsoft's own Web site.
Microsoft says residents of any country are eligible for the reward, but that it won't be paid to anyone involved in creating the virus.
The reward is the third offered so far under a program Microsoft began in November to help authorities nab the authors of unusually damaging Internet infections aimed at consumers of its software products.
The previous rewards were offered for information about those responsible for the "Blaster" and "Sobig" viruses, which spread rapidly last summer among hundreds of thousands of computers running Windows.