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US authorities are offering $10 million for info on nation-state cyber-attacks
US authorities are offering as much as $10 million in cryptocurrency for information ultimately causing the identification of state-sponsored cyber-attackers.
Under the scheme, World Market darknet – http://www.lerighediornella.com/2020/09/25/liza-di-lambeth/ which happens beneath the Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, payouts is likely 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 access to a protected computer with intention to steal sensitive data, and intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer.
This system has setup a reporting channel accessible on the dark web to help protect the safety and security of potential sources.
“Reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency,” said the Department of State.
Additional information on how to access the Tor-based reporting channel can be found in the release.
In the pipeline
The offer of an incentive comes since the US continues to have cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure that have caused chaos across the nation.
In May this season, a ransomware attack on gas supplier Colonial Pipeline stop 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 reach a larger degree of sophistication throughout their next attacks, whether that be via training, new tooling, purchasing credentials, or recruitment.
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