U.S. offers $10 million for tips on foreign hackers

Man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture
FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture taken on March 1, 2017.REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday offered up to $10 million for information that can identify or locate malicious cyber actors working at the behest of a foreign government to target critical U.S. infrastructure.

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.”

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Liffey)