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Reward for Information: LockBit Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) | #ransomware | #cybercrime


REWARD FOR INFORMATION: LOCKBIT RANSOMWARE AS A SERVICE

REWARDS OF UP TO $15 MILLION

NAME: LockBit Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)
NATIONALITY: Various (Unknown)
CITIZENSHIP: Various (Unknown)

The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to the identification or location of any individual(s) who hold a key leadership position in the Transnational Organized Crime group behind the LockBit ransomware variant. In addition, a reward offer of up to $5,000,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction in any country of any individual conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate in LockBit ransomware activities.

Since January 2020, the LockBit ransomware variant has executed over 2,000 attacks against victims in the United States and around the world, issuing hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in ransom demands and receiving at least as much as $144 million in actual ransom payments made in the form of bitcoin.

Despite efforts of law enforcement worldwide over the past several years, the number of ransomware victims per month increased from approximately 200 in 2022 to over 340 in 2023.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents a user from accessing computer files, systems, or networks until a ransom is paid for their return. Ransomware incidents can cause costly disruptions to operations and the loss of critical information and data.

The FBI does not support the payment of a ransom in response to a ransomware attack. Paying ransom demands encourages more ransomware incidents and provides an incentive to become involved in this type of illegal activity. If you are the victim of a ransomware incident, please visit stopransomware.gov.

Please direct information in response to the reward offer to the FBI via Signal at +1-646-258-2533, via Telegram at @LockbitRewards, or by email at [email protected].

If you are located outside of the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate. If in the United States, please contact the local FBI office in your city.

ALL IDENTITIES ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.



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