The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced a $ 10 million award for information leading to the identification of hackers operating on behalf of foreign officials and attacking key U.S. infrastructure.
According to the publication, information is sought about cybercriminals who act on or under the control of a foreign government and are involved in criminals, break-ins, ransomware attacks or data theft.
The ministry said it was looking not only at government agencies and financial institutions, but also at hackers affecting interstate and international trade and communications.
The award is presented as part of the Justice for Rewards program, which previously awarded prizes for information about terrorists. Information can be sent via a special channel on the Darknet that can be accessed via the Anonymous Door Network. Informed people can count on transfer and gift payment in cryptocurrency.
Under the Rewards Justice Program, which has been in place since 1984, US officials have paid more than $ 200 million to more than 100 whistleblowers.
The award announcement is one of a series of actions against ransomware attacks announced by Biden management on Thursday. The Ministry of Finance has announced that it will cooperate with banks, financial institutions and technology companies to improve and expedite the monitoring of cryptocurrency circulation. Similar to the colonial pipeline network, this is done to make it easier for hackers to stop ransom payments made by ransomware victims.
On Thursday, officials also launched the stopransomware.gov website, which offers advice on how to combat ransomware attacks and strengthen network security.
These actions will respond to recent cyber attacks to rescue Russian criminal groups. On Tuesday, the site of the Revolt group responsible for the attack on IT Kasaya and its customers disappeared from the darkness. On Wednesday, the White House declined to comment on whether this was the result of US or Russian officials’ actions.
From Washington, Oscar Korzhiaski (BAP)
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