The US Department of State will pay $10 million for information identifying “key leaders” of the group behind the ransomware virus Conti. In addition, the authorities will also pay $5 million for information leading to the arrest of individuals linked to the hackers.
According to the agency spokesman Ned Price, Conti operators are responsible for “hundreds of incidents” involving ransomware. He has said:
“The FBI estimates that by January 2022 there were over 1,000 victims of Conti-related attacks. Victim payouts have exceeded $150 million, making Conti the most successful ransomware ever recorded.”
He has also added that in April, the government of Costa Rica was subjected to a cyber attack using Conti. As a result of it, the work of customs and tax services was disrupted.