The United States offers a $ 10 million reward in hunting down cybercrime group DarkSide


FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in this photo illustration taken February 28, 2013. REUTERS / Kacper Pempel / File Photo

The US State Department announced Thursday a reward of up to $ 10 million for information leading to the identification or location of anyone with a key leadership position in DarkSide, a cybercrime organization that the FBI has claimed. is based in Russia.

The FBI alleged that DarkSide was responsible for the May cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which caused a days-long shutdown that led to gas price spikes, panic purchases and localized fuel shortages in the south- east of the United States.

The State Department also said it is offering a reward of up to $ 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any person attempting to participate in a DarkSide ransomware incident.

“By offering this reward, the United States is demonstrating its commitment to protect ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cybercriminals,” the department said in a statement.

Colonial Pipeline said it paid hackers nearly $ 5 million in Bitcoin to regain access to its systems. The United States Department of Justice recovered about $ 2.3 million of the ransom in June.

The State Department in July offered a reward of up to $ 10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, acting under the direction or control of a foreign government, has participated in computer activities. harmful to the critical infrastructures of the United States. .

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