The US State Department has offered a $10 million reward for information related to five members of the Conti ransomware group. The reward offer is significant as it is the first time the face of a Conti associate, identified as “Target,” has been revealed. “Tramp,” “Dandis,” “Professor,” and “Reshaev” are the names given to the other four associates. Target’s involvement as a manager in the organization’s physical operations in Russia was discovered by examining the leaked conversations between Conti members in March 2022. In addition to information about the five operators, the government is asking for information about Conti’s associated groups TrickBot and Wizard Spider. Over the past two years, the transnational organized crime group Conti has been associated with hundreds of ransomware instances.
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