• Cryptocurrency is being offered by the US government as part of a “Rewards for Justice” program

  • The Rewards for Justice program of the US Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10 million for “information on foreign harmful cyber activities against US critical infrastructure.” “Reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency,” the department added.

    The US Department of State announced on Thursday that its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program will pay up to $10 million “for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, engages in malicious cyber activities against US critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.”The 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism established the State Department’s terrorist incentives program, Rewards for Justice. The Diplomatic Security Service is in charge of the bureau. According to its website, “RFJ’s aim is to bring foreign terrorists to justice and to prevent acts of international terrorism against U.S. persons or property.” Since its start, the Rewards for Justice program has given out more than $200 million to more than 100 persons around the world, according to the release. According to the Department of State, the initiative “has put up a Dark Web (Tor-based) tips-reporting channel to ensure the safety and security of possible sources.”

    The Prizes for Justice program is also “working with interagency partners to facilitate the speedy processing of information, as well as the possible transfer of and payment of rewards to sources,” according to the statement. Furthermore, the department indicated that reward payouts may include bitcoin payments.

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