State Department offers $10 million for information on cybercriminal group DarkSide
The State Department is offering up to $10 million for information regarding the identification or location of senior members of DarkSide, a global cybercrime organization.
The big picture: The State Department is also 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.
- "In offering this reward, the United States demonstrates its commitment to protecting ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cyber criminals," the department said in a statement.
- Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount told the Wall Street Journal he authorized a $4.4 million ransom payment to the DarkSide on May 7. He later defended his decision to pay hackers in front of a Senate panel in June.
- The Justice Department recovered $2.3 million worth of cryptocurrency paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers.