(Reuters) – The United States on Friday offered a reward of up to $ 15 million for information about the Russian-based Conti ransomware group, which has been blamed for cyberbullying attacks around the world, said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
The FBI estimates that more than 1,000 victims of the Conti group have paid a total of more than $ 150 million in ransomware payments, Price said in a statement.
“By offering this reward, the United States demonstrates its commitment to protecting potential victims of ransomware around the world from the exploitation of cybercriminals,” he said.
The reward includes $ 10 million for identifying or locating the group̵7;s leaders, and $ 5 million for information that results in the arrest of someone who conspires with Conti.
Last year, the FBI said that Conti was responsible for cracking down on 16 medical and first aid networks in the United States.
Mr. Price noted that Conti was blamed for an attack in April on Costa Rica’s tax and customs platforms, which affected the Central American country’s foreign trade.
In February, the Conti group promised to attack enemies of the Kremlin if they react to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.