The United States has said it is offering a $ 10 million reward for information leading to the identification or whereabouts of any individual who holds a “key leadership” position on DarkSide – a cybercrime group believed to be linked to Russia. The US State Department said it also offered a reward of up to $ 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of an individual who “conspired or attempted to participate” in a DarkSide cyber attack. months ago, in the US.
According to the FBI, DarkSide carried out the largest cyber attack against critical US infrastructure in May. The group disbanded after its attack on the largest fuel pipeline operator in the US, Colonial Pipeline, then cut off supplies for six days in the US East Coast.
Colonial Pipeline officials reportedly paid the hackers a ransom of more than $ 4 million. At the time, US President Joe Biden said US officials did not believe the Russian government was involved in the attack, but added that there was “strong reason to believe that the perpetrators were living in Russia ”. Microsoft has pledged to spend $ 20 billion over the next five years to strengthen cyber security.
Government agencies and private companies in the US have been hit this year by several major cyber attacks. On July 2, hundreds of U.S. companies were hit by an attack on Florida-based technology company Kaseya.
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