The U.S. State Department is willing to offer up to $10 million for information that would identify people involved in cyberattacks against the country’s critical infrastructure and acting at the behest of foreign governments. It was reported July 15 in a statement of the Foreign Ministry, posted in the section “Rewards for Justice”.
“The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program offers a reward of up to $10 million for information that identifies or locates any person who, at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, engages in malicious cyber activities,” the statement said.
It notes that cyber operations targeting U.S. critical infrastructure violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
In addition, Reward for Justice has created a line of messages with hints through the Dark Web (based on Tor) to protect security and protect potential sources of information.
It is said that anyone with information about malicious cyber activity against U.S. infrastructure should contact the Reward for Justice office.
Earlier, on July 14, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that the United States would take action against hackers in Russia if Moscow did not do so. Blinken said the U.S. is stepping up its diplomatic means to counter transnational cybercrime.
On July 9, U.S. President Joe Biden said he believed in cooperation between Washington and Moscow on cybersecurity. He stressed that it was reasonable for Washington to attack servers used by criminals using ransomware.
On the same day, he held telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders continued their dialogue on combating cybercrime and information security.