U.S. government offers $10 million for tips and information on foreign hackers that target critical U.S. infrastructure
No day goes by without another headline about cyber hacking and data breaches. With no one to stop them, cyber attackers are now roaming freely across the internet wreaking havoc on mostly American companies. SolarWinds, Colonial pipeline, JBS meat processing, Cyber Polygon, and Kaseya are just the latest in series of cyber attacks on U.S. companies. Now, the U.S. government is looking to tech-savvy citizens and patriots to help identify foreign hackers that target critical U.S. infrastructure.
Today, The United States announced it is now offering $10 million for tips and information on foreign hackers that target critical U.S. infrastructure. In an announcement, The U.S. State Department said in a statement that “certain malicious cyber operations targeting U.S. critical infrastructure may violate the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act)” and that it has “set up a Dark Web (Tor-based) tips-reporting channel to protect the safety and security of potential sources.”
Through its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, the government said it will offer a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, participates in malicious cyber activities against U.S. critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $200 million to more than 100 people across the globe who provided actionable information that helped prevent terrorism, bring terrorist leaders to justice, and resolve threats to U.S. national security.
The Department of State encourages anyone with information on malicious cyber activity, carried out against U.S. critical infrastructure in violation of the CFAA by actors at the direction of or under the control of a foreign government, to contact the Rewards for Justice office via its Tor-based tips-reporting channel at: he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion (Tor browser required).