US State Department Announces $10 Million Reward for Information on Sandworm Hackers

Information on Sandworm hackers
Written by Emma Davis

The US government has announced a reward of up to $10 million for information that will identify or locate the hackers of the Sandworm APT group, linked by Western experts to Russian intelligence agencies.

On Tuesday, April 26, the State Department announced a reward for information about six alleged officers of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces accused of carrying out cyber attacks on critical US infrastructure.

GRU officers Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin were members of a conspiracy that deployed destructive malware and took other disruptive actions for the strategic benefit of Russia through unauthorized access to victim computers.the US State Department said in a statement.

In 2020, the US Department of Justice filed charges against them for being part of the elite government hacking arm of Sandworm (other names are Telebots, Voodoo Bear, and Iron Viking).

Let me remind you that we reported, for example, that Sandworm Targets Ukraine with Industroyer2 Malware.

All six GRU officers are charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and misuse, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, damage to secure computers, and aggravated identity theft.

Note: We also wrote that US authorities say Russian hackers attacked US defense contractors.

The award was announced as part of the US Department of State’s “Rewards for Justice” program. The program was established to provide monetary bonuses to whistleblowers who provide data that can identify or locate attackers who carry out cyberattacks on critical US infrastructure on behalf of foreign governments.

You can provide information about wanted hackers anonymously through the Rewards for Justice website on the Tor network.

More information about this reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at https://rewardsforjustice.net/english/malicious_cyber_activity.html. We encourage anyone with information on these six individuals’ malicious cyberactivity to contact Rewards for Justice via the Tor-based tips-reporting channel at: he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion (Tor browser required).the State Department informs.

In addition, the authorities are also interested in information about the cyber-ransomware REvil and DarkSide, North Korean hackers and non-governmental cybercriminals attacking US companies and critical infrastructure.

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Emma Davis

I'm writer and content manager (a short time ago completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the Gustavus Adolphus College). For now, I have a deep drive to study cyber security.

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