The US launches program to go after hackers around the world.
Nothing like cold hard cash to get one hacker to turn on another. At least that is the latest strategy from the State Department in an announcement launching the Rewards for Justice program to add hackers into the same pot as terrorists wanted for crimes.
Uncle Sam now plans to pay out up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of a hacker engaged in foreign state-sanctioned malicious digital attacks.
The biggest threats getting the most attention are ransomware attacks like the ones that have recently disrupted gas supply and food supply chain after attacks that crippled parts of the U.S infrastructure.
The US gov’t is setting up shop on the Dark Web
Part of the Rewards for Justice $10 million program has been set up on a Dark Web tips reporting channel to protect the identity and safety of the potential sources and may include rewards payouts in cryptocurrency.
In order to collect your reward, the Rewards for Justice site at www.rewardsforjustice.net is where to begin.
The White House task force leading coordination of these efforts have also launched a website called stopransomware.gov. The site will serve as an information clearinghouse for countering threats.
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