A multimillion-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the identification of senior members of ransomware gang DarkSide.
The US Department of State has announced it would offer a reward of up to US$10 million ($13.5 million) for information leading to the identification or location of any individuals holding a key leadership position in ransomware gang DarkSide.
A bounty of up to US$5 million ($6.7 million) would also be awarded for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of any individual conspiring or attempting to participate in a DarkSide variant ransomware incident.
This follows a spate of high-profile attacks perpetrated by the ransomware group, including the Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident in May 2021, which prompted the company to temporarily shut down the 5,500-mile pipeline carrying 45 per cent of the fuel used on the East Coast of the United States.
“In offering this reward, the United States demonstrates its commitment to protecting ransomware victims around the world from exploitation by cyber criminals,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
“The United States looks to nations who harbour ransomware criminals that are willing to bring justice for those victim businesses and organisations affected by ransomware.”