Dhe USA has offered a reward of ten million dollars (around 8.6 million euros) for crucial clues in the search for the leaders of the hacker group Darkside. It is about the “protection of ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cyber criminals,” said the US State Department on Thursday (local time). The US Federal Police FBI blames Darkside for numerous cyber attacks on US companies.
The attackers use what is known as ransomware, which is used to lock or encrypt computer systems in order to extort money from users for releasing the data. The term contains the English word for ransom (“ransom”). Washington blames the group, allegedly operating from Russia, for the attack on the Colonial Pipeline in May 2021, among other things.
Offenders are wanted worldwide
The State Department also offered a $ 5 million reward for information that led to the arrest of people who participated in a Darkside attack – regardless of the country.
There have been a number of spectacular ransomware attacks in the United States in the past few months. The administration of US President Joe Biden wants to take decisive action against such attacks and held a virtual summit with more than 30 states on the subject in October.