"The anti-worm researchers have banded together in a
group they call the Conficker Cabal. Members are searching for the
malicious software program's author and for ways to do damage
control if he or she can't be stopped.
"They're motivated in part by a $250,000 bounty from Microsoft
and also by what seems to be a sort of Dick Tracy ethic.
""We love catching bad guys," said Alvin Estevez, CEO of Enigma
Software Group, which is one of many companies trying to crack
Conficker. "We're like former hackers who like to catch other
hackers. To us, we get almost a feather in our cap to be able to
knock out that worm. We slap each other five when we're killing
"The malicious program already is thought to have infected
between 5 million and 10 million computers."