The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced a reward of up to $ 10 million (about Rs.743.6 billion) for information leading to the identification or location of people in a key position on DarkSide, a cybercrime organization based in Russia .
The FBI said DarkSide was responsible for the May cyber attack that targeted the Colonial Pipeline and caused days of shutdown that led to spike in gas prices, panic buying and localized fuel shortages in the southeastern US.
The State Department also said it is offering up to $ 5 million (about Rs 37.18 billion) in rewards for information resulting in the arrest or conviction of a person who tries to break into a DarkSide in any country – Attend ransomware incident.
“With this reward, the United States is demonstrating its commitment to protecting ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cyber criminals,” the department said in a statement.
Colonial Pipeline has reported paying the hackers nearly $ 5 million in Bitcoin to regain access to their systems. The U.S. Department of Justice recovered approximately $ 2.3 million (approximately Rs.17.10 billion) of the ransom in June.
The State Department in July offered up to $ 10 million in rewards for information leading to the identification or location of an individual engaged in malicious cyber activities against critical US infrastructure on the direction or under the control of a foreign government.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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