Feds Offer $10 Million Bounty for DarkSide Info

The U.S. State Department ups the ante in its hunt for the ransomware perpetrators by offering a sizeable cash sum for locating and arresting leaders of the cybercriminal group.

The federal government has upped the ante in its fight against ransomware by offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the identification or location of leaders of the DarkSide ransomware group.

The U.S. Department of State unveiled the reward on Thursday, adding a $5 million reward for for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals participating in a DarkSide attack.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement by BlackMatter, a derivative of the now shuttered ransomware gang DarkSide, which said it would also be ceasing operations due to increased pressure from international law enforcement agencies.

Critical Infrastructure Under Attack

DarkSide is perhaps best known for its highly disruptive attack on Colonial Pipeline in May, which created upheaval in fuel supplies on the U.S. East Coast as people began hoarding gas on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. The group is also believed to have been behind a ransomware attack against Toshiba.

Both groups’ focus on critical infrastructure is what has raised

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