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U.S. Department of State Announces Reward Offers for Criminal Associates of The ALPHV/Blackcat Ransomware Variant

U.S. Department of State Announces Reward Offers for Criminal Associates of The ALPHV/Blackcat Ransomware Variant

Today, the Department of State is announcing reward offers of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of anyone who holds a key leadership position in the Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) group behind the ALPHV/Blackcat Ransomware variant and up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone participating in or conspiring or attempting to participate in a ransomware attack using the ALPHV/Blackcat variant.

Over 1,000 victim entities globally have been compromised by ALPHV/Blackcat actors.  In December 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation disrupted ALPHV/Blackcat’s operations, through distributing a decryption tool developed by the FBI that assisted dozens of victims with restoring affected computer systems and saving victims from ransom demands totaling approximately $99 million. 

The reward offer complements the Department of Justice and the FBI’s recent announcement of cooperation with law enforcement agency groups from the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Denmark, to launch a disruption campaign against the notorious ransomware gang ALPHV/Blackcat. 

Please direct information in response to the reward offer to the following Tor-based tip line (Tor browser required): he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/u-s-department-of-state-announces-reward-offers-for-criminal-associates-of-the-alphv-blackcat-ransomware-variant/