State Department announces $10M bounty for Russian intelligence hackers behind NotPetya

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Apr 27, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The State Department announced Tuesday that it is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to six Russian intelligence hackers responsible for the infamous 2017 NotPetya malware.

That malware knocked out Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system and did more than $1 billion in damage to a number of U.S. organizations, according to a federal indictment.

The reward is part of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program and extends beyond just the six Russian intelligence hackers responsible for NotPetya to “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.”

But the six officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) who were the architects of NotPetya malware are the focus of the State Department announcement. It noted that the malware damaged the computers of hospitals and other medical facilities in western Pennsylvania, a large U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer and other U.S. private sector entities.

The State Department identified the suspects as GRU officers Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich

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