New York (AP) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department announced on Monday a $1 million relief fund, designed to assist victims of a sophisticated ransomware attack that affected the United States government.
The federal relief fund was established by the U.S. Treasury Department in January, the State Dept said in a statement.
It is intended to help victims of ransomware attacks and to assist them to access financial and other assistance, the statement said.
Ransomware is a type of computer virus that locks down a computer or data drive, encrypting files and demanding payment for their removal.
The attack has been attributed to the Chinese government and is a result of years of cyberattacks on companies, including the Office of Personnel Management.
The FBI said it has identified more than 300 victims of the ransomware attack.
The state department said it was helping the families of the victims of “an incredibly complex attack.”
“The FBI is coordinating with state and local partners to provide information to victims and the families and provide support to affected individuals and businesses, the department said in the statement.
The department said the victims’ relatives are being provided with assistance by federal, state and private agencies.