The U.S. Department of State has announced that it will pay up to approximately 1.1 billion yen in Japanese yen to provide information on persons involved in cyber attacks following a series of critical infrastructure victims of cyber attacks.

According to the US State Department's announcement on the 15th, people involved in cyber attacks by using a ransomware computer virus called "ransomware" or by illegally accessing computers of government agencies and financial institutions If information is provided, a ransom will be paid.

The purpose is to protect the important infrastructure of the United States from groups conducting cyber attacks under the direction of foreign governments, and the bounty is up to 10 million dollars (about 1.1 billion yen), crypto assets It means that you can also pay with.

In May this year in the United States, one of the largest oil pipelines in Japan was hit by a cyber attack by "ransomware" and was forced to suspend supply temporarily, and a meat processing company expanding worldwide was also hit by a cyber attack. It is believed that Russian criminal organizations are involved in each of these.