The United States government will pay a whistleblower up to $10 million in bitcoin for information on cyberattacks.
“Commensurate with the seriousness with which we view these cyber threats, the Rewards for Justice program has set up a Dark Web (Tor-based) tips-reporting channel to protect the safety and security of potential sources,” the US Department of state said, adding:
“The Reward For Justice program also is working with interagency partners to enable the rapid processing of information as well as the possible relocation of and payment of rewards to sources. Reward payments may include payments in cryptocurrency.”
The reward is from the Diplomatic Security Service, which is specifically asking 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, participates in malicious cyber activities against U.S. critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).”
This is the first time in history the US government or any government in the world has offered to pay in bitcoin for any service.
Something that suggests first of all they have to buy $10 million worth of bitcoin, and second of all the government won’t ban the crypto because it needs it for itself to facilitate payment services.
Moreover this is an acknowledgment that bitcoin is a very secure form of payment which the US government thinks no government has any sort of backdoors in it because they obviously do badly need the information they’re asking, and so they’re going to all lengths to make it as comfortable as possible and as secure as possible for the leaker.