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US puts $5 million bounty on Russian hackers responsible for Costa Rica attack

WorldUS puts $5 million bounty on Russian hackers responsible for Costa Rica attack

Washington (The Times Groupe)- The United States offered up to $10 million on Friday for information about the Russian hacker group Conti that is suspected of attacking Costa Rica last month.

For information leading to the arrest or conviction of the hackers’ leaders, the State Department will award up to $10 million, and for information leading to an arrest it will award up to $5 million.

As of January, the FBI estimates that the Conti Group’s data hijackers (ransomware) had left more than 1,000 victims with over $150 million in payments.

“Conti’s ransomware variant is the most expensive ever, according to the State Department.”

“The United States offers this bounty to demonstrate its commitment to protecting potential victims of ransomware worldwide from the exploitation of cybercrime,” he said.

Conti’s alleged plot last month to attack Costa Rican government institutions severely disrupted tax and customs procedures, according to the State Department.

Despite an unusual leak in February, little is known about the Conti Group’s leadership.

As one person posted internal messages with pro-Ukraine tweets, the leak was likely caused by Conti’s outspoken support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Analysts who reviewed the documents found that Conti has physical offices in Russia.

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