The United States is offering $ 5 million for information on North Korean hackers

The State Department has offered a $ 5 million reward for information on North Korean hackers and their activities that help the regime fund weapons programs.

From the program Awards for justice an award was offered for “information on those who want to undermine cyber security, including financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world” in favor of Pyongyang.

The State Department will also pay for details of anyone who “knowingly engages in significant activities that undermine cybersecurity by using computer networks or systems against foreigners, governments or other entities” on behalf of the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The offer came a day after the FBI blamed the North Korean-backed hacker group Lazarus for one of the biggest cryptocurrency robberies ever – Hacking the popular DeFi platform Ronin Network.

The US Treasury Department has also imposed new sanctions against Lazarus, who has been identified as the main perpetrator of cyber robberies that bring revenue to Pyongyang.

The group, which is believed to support the North Korean regime, has been accused of carrying out several major cyber attacks in recent years, including the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks.

For the first time, the US government offered 5 million dollars for information about the notorious group in 2020.

“North Korea’s malicious cyber activities are a threat to the United States and the wider international community, and in particular a significant threat to the integrity and stability of the international financial system,” the U.S. government warned at the time.

The Information Reward is one of a number of strategies the U.S. government has used in recent years against cybercriminals. In February, the State Department offered a $ 10 million reward for information on two Iranian hackers who allegedly participated in state-funded cyber operations designed to disrupt the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Last July, the Justice Awards program offered the same amount of information to help identify or locate anyone involved in state-sponsored malicious cyber activities, including ransomware attacks, against U.S. critical infrastructure after the U.S. public and private sectors were severely affected by various ransomware.

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