US State Department: reward for pointing out hacking groups


After hacker attack on gasoline pipeline: The US government plans to pay up to ten million US dollars for information about the international hacker group DarkSide.

Washington – The US government has offered a heavy reward to crack down on those who masterminded the hacking attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the US in May.

The US State Department announced in Washington that up to ten million US dollars would be paid for information that would help identify or track down leaders of the international hacker group DarkSide. In addition, up to five million US dollars would be offered for information that led to the arrest or conviction of anyone involved in the group’s ransomware attacks. These are attacks in which hackers encrypt the computers of the attacked companies and charge large sums for the release of the systems.

According to the US government, the DarkSide group was responsible for the large-scale hacker attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the US. The company Colonial Pipeline announced in early May that it had been the victim of a cyber attack. As a result, the pipeline, through which about 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the US east coast runs, was temporarily completely shut down. There were petrol shortages in parts of the country.

The hackers had broken into the pipeline operator’s computer network and demanded a ransom in the millions, which the company paid. dpa


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