State Department Offers $10M Reward for Information on Russian Officers Involved in Malicious Cyber Activities

The U.S. Department of State has announced a $10 million reward for “information leading to the identification or location of 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 in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).”

In particular, the State Department is looking for six officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) for their roles in the criminal conspiracy to attack U.S. critical infrastructure by launching the NotPetya malware that caused U.S. businesses to lose close to $1 billion.

The six individuals are alleged to work for the GRU’s Unit 74455, also known as “Sandworm Team, Telebots, Voodoo Bear, and Iron Viking.” The State Department is encouraging those with information on the six individuals to contact it and to visit its reward website to learn more about the offer.

A surprising statistic is that, since its inception in 1984, the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $200 million to more than 100 people around the world who provided actionable information. This sharing of information is important to bring those who have committed crimes to justice and is profitable, too.