US State Department Reward Offers for Criminal Associates of ALPHV/Blackcat Ransomware Variant

The United States Department of State today announced reward offers of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any individual holding a key leadership position in the Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) group behind the ALPHV/Blackcat ransomware variant. Additionally, up to $5 million is offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone participating, plotting, or attempting to participate in a ransomware attack using the aforementioned variant.

More than 1,000 victim entities worldwide have been compromised by ALPHV/Blackcat actors. In December 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) managed to disrupt ALPHV/Blackcat operations by distributing a decryption tool developed by the FBI. This tool helped dozens of victims restore affected computer systems and avoided ransom demands totaling approximately $99 million.

The reward offer follows the recent announcement by the Department of Justice and the FBI to cooperate with groups of law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain and Denmark to launch a disruption campaign against the notorious ALPHV/Blackcat ransomware gang.

To provide information in response to the reward offer, contact can be made via the following Tor-based helpline (Tor browser required): he5dybnt7sr6cm32xt77pazmtm65flqy6irivtflruqfc5ep7eiodiad.onion.

This reward is offered under the Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program (TOCRP), which supports law enforcement efforts to disrupt transnational crime globally and bring fugitives to justice.

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