The U.S. Department of State is setting a $ 10 million reward for information leading to the ongoing investigation into a foreign-made hacker attack. We are talking about attacks on critical infrastructure in the United States, including the demand for ransom.
An operative group has been set up in the White House in this regard. It will coordinate the recent increase in hacker attacks. The administration of President Joe Biden has launched a new website, stopransomware.gov, which allows American citizens to better protect themselves in the face of danger.
Among the new measures announced Thursday is the creation of a special network against financial crime planned in the Treasury Department. It will include banks, technology companies and others whose goal is to prevent money laundering or illegal transactions in cryptocurrency and to have more control over ransom transfers to criminals. The Federal Bureau of Investigation suspended the $ 4.4 million ransom payment operation in May.
Representatives of the Biden administration on Thursday left no comment on the question of whether the US hand was involved in the disappearance of the Russian hacker group REvil from the Internet on Tuesday. This group has affected at least 1,000 organizations globally. It is possible that the group temporarily hid itself in order to cover the trail. “I do not know which group disappeared and where,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He added that Moscow considers the actions of cybercriminals “unacceptable.”
Following such attacks, organizations’ computer information is blocked and access to information is not restored until ransom is paid. In the aftermath of one such attack, hackers demanded $ 70 million in ransom.
As for the $ 10 million award set by the US government, it will be implemented through a special program of the State Department, called the Award for Justice. It can also be paid in cryptocurrency. This amount will be transferred or handed over to those who provide information to the investigation on the identity and / or location of the attackers.
Representatives of the Biden administration on Thursday left no comment on the question of whether the US hand was involved in the disappearance of the Russian hacker group REvil from the Internet on Tuesday. This group has affected at least 1,000 organizations globally. Their information is blocked and access to the information is not restored until the ransom is paid.