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US authorities are offering $10 million for information on nation-state cyber-attacks
US authorities are offering around $10 million in cryptocurrency for information leading to the identification of state-sponsored cyber-attackers.
Under the scheme, which takes place beneath the Department of State’s Rewards for world market onion – http://physicscarnival.web.unej.ac.id/forums/topic/the-best-clarification-of-world-market-onion-i-have-ever-heard/ Justice (RFJ) program, payouts is going to be awarded for the identity or location of anyone who, “while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, participates in malicious cyber activities against US critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
A media release states that violations include threats made during ransomware attacks, unauthorized usage of a protected computer with intention to steal sensitive data, and intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer.
The program has put up a reporting channel accessible on the dark web to simply help protect the safety and security of potential sources.
“Reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency,” said the Department of State.
More info on how to access the Tor-based reporting channel are available in the release.
In the pipeline
The offer of an incentive comes because the US continues to see cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure that have caused chaos throughout the nation.
In May in 2020, a ransomware attack on gas supplier Colonial Pipeline cut off services to multiple states on the east coast.
Attackers leveraging DarkSide malware demanded $4.3 million in bitcoin – a sum which was reportedly paid out by the company.
Security professionals previously told The Daily Swig that in paying ransoms, organizations risk perpetuating a “feedback loop of malicious activity” that “allows the groups to accomplish a better level of sophistication in their next attacks, whether that be via training, new tooling, purchasing credentials, or recruitment.
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