US offers $ 10 million reward for hunting down cybercrime group DarkSide

Nov. 4 (Reuters) – The US State Department on Thursday announced a reward of up to $ 10 million for information that identifies or locates anyone in key leadership roles in DarkSide, a cybercrime organization based in Russia, according to the FBI.

The FBI said DarkSide was responsible for the May cyberattack targeting the Colonial Pipeline, causing a multi-day shutdown that resulted in soaring gas prices, panic buying and localized fuel shortages in the Southeastern United States. United States. Read more

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 anyone attempting to participate in an incident. of DarkSide ransomware.

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“By offering this award, the United States is demonstrating its commitment to protecting victims of ransomware 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 US Department of Justice recovered about $ 2.3 million in the ransom in June. Read more

The State Department in July offered a reward of up to $ 10 million for information that could identify or locate anyone who, while acting under the direction or control of a foreign government, participated in malicious cyber activity against critical US infrastructure.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Will Dunham

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