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US authorities are offering $10 million for informative data on nation-state cyber-attacks
US authorities are offering around $10 million in cryptocurrency for information ultimately causing the identification of state-sponsored cyber-attackers.
Underneath the scheme, which takes place beneath the Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, payouts will be awarded for the identity or location of anyone who, “while acting at the direction or beneath 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 press release states that violations include threats made during ransomware attacks, unauthorized use of a protected computer with intention to steal sensitive data, and intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer.
This system has set up a reporting channel accessible on the dark web to greatly help protect the safety and security of potential sources.
“Reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency,” said the Department of State.
Extra information 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 have cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure that have caused chaos over the nation.
In May this year, 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 that has been 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 reach a larger amount of sophistication in their next attacks, whether that be via training, new tooling, purchasing credentials, or world market onion – http://www.strategy.bookmarking.site/out/%E5%85%AC%E9%96%8B%E3%83%97%E3%83%AD%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB-%7C-brandykeper-%7C-%E5%A4%A7%E5%88%86-%E8%A6%B3%E5%85%89-%E7%A9%B4%E5%A0%B4-%E3%81%AA%E3%82%89-pathta-%E3%83%91%E3%82%B9%E3%82%BF/ recruitment.
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