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State Department Offers a $10 Million Bounty for Information on Foreign Hackers Targeting Critical Infrastructure

The State Department announced Thursday it will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of foreign actors who launch cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Tipsters will be able to contact the State Department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program through a secure channel on the Tor browser, the department announced in a statement. The reward is only available for information leading to the identification of persons who target “critical infrastructure” and who are “acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government,” according to the statement. Targets other than critical infrastructure, and hackers unaffiliated with foreign governments, were not mentioned in the announcement. The State Department may offer relocation and payment in cryptocurrency to eligible tipsters, according to the statement. The program will support cybersecurity efforts of other federal agencies, the State Department said. The announcement comes as part of a larger effort by …

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