US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program Now Pays in Crypto for the First Time

The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program announced this week that the reward payments now also include cryptocurrency for the first time.

The program, administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on cybercriminals “acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government” against the US critical infrastructure.

These “reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency,” it states.

These malicious cyber operations that may violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) include intentional unauthorized access, transmitting extortion threats as part of ransomware attacks, and transmitting a program, information, code, or command to cause damage without authorization to a protected computer.

The program has set up a Dark Web (Tor-based) tips-reporting channel to protect the safety and security of potential sources.

Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid more than $200 million to over 100 people who provided actionable information that helped prevent terrorism and resolve threats to U.S. national security, it said.

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