$10 million reward for information about cyber attacks
The State Department ready to pay to counter cyber threats.
Umberto RAPETTOLuglio 16, 2021
The cyber war is clearly underway and there is no more time to lose. It is necessary to have every element of knowledge, it must be done quickly and must be paid who is able to give news about the enemy.
Nothing new, you know.
The alarmingly invisible conflict that massacres networks and connections, servers and computers, electronic archives and automated procedures, requires an acceleration and this sprint can only be guaranteed by the rapid acquisition of data and news useful to avoid ending up under the digital rubble.
The US State Department has decided to offer rewards of up to $10 million for information about cyber threats to critical infrastructure across the nation. Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, for their part, on the website of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency have created a page entitled “Stopransomware”which is intended to serve as a link for the consolidation of the ransomware-fighting resources deployed by all federal government agencies.
The reward money for those who manage to make the right tip and or give basic tips to avoid virtual aggressions is administered through the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which is supervised by a special office of the Diplomatic Security Service.
The money will be allocated “for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, acting under the direction or control of a foreign government, participates in cybernetic activities harmful against US critical infrastructure in violation of fraud and computer abuse”.
Reward money for whistleblowers The “Rewards for Justice” program is not a recent invention: it was created in the 1980s to help collect useful information to counter terrorist threats. Its scope is now broadened to allow it to offer cash rewards for obtaining information about potential attackers targeting or targeting critical infrastructure, that is, the computer systems underpinning the regular provision of essential services such as energy, telecommunications, transport, health, finance and waste disposal.
Ransomware attacks and related extortion attempts, unauthorized access to systems, exfiltration of data from any protected computer, and corruption to make networks and servers unusable are priorities.
To obtain maximum confidentiality and to protect the coverage of sources, the State Department has created a “darknet” site based on Tor so as to receive suggestions and confidential information.