US government to pay $ 10 million for information about hackers trying to interfere in elections
On Wednesday, August 5, the US Department of State announced an award of up to $ 10 million for information that will help identify a person or persons trying to influence the election results in the interests of a foreign government through "illegal cyber activity." The award was announced three months before the November 3 US presidential election.
“Illegal cyber activity” specifically refers to attacks on officials involved in the election process, electoral infrastructure (including voting machines), presidential candidates and their team members. The State Department's proposal applies to all types of cyberattacks on the voting process, regardless of the level, be it federal, state or local.
“Foreign adversaries can use malicious cyber operations against electoral infrastructure, including voter registration databases and voting machines, to disrupt US elections. Opponents can also conduct malicious cyber operations against political organizations or campaigns in the United States to steal confidential information and then publish it in order to undermine the reputation of political organizations or candidates, ”the State Department said.
The reward will be awarded under the Department of State's Rewards for Justice program only for information about hackers associated with a foreign government who wish to interfere with the US electoral process. Information about any other cybercriminals will not be accepted for participation in the program.