Department of Justice Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to the Ransomware Extortionists Darkside
Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that it had seized roughly $2.3 million of the $4 million paid in ransom to the DarkSide ransomware gang by Colonial Pipeline following an attack against the latter’s networks. The seizure warrant was announced yesterday by Laurel Beeler, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern
Cyberattackers are using the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack to their advantage by leveraging further phishing attacks. Cybersecurity firm INKY reported that it recently received multiple helpdesk emails about the campaign, which follows a typical phishing trend of using widely-covered news events to lure victims into clicking malicious emails and links.
DarkSide, a cybercriminal gang that allegedly disbanded following the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, may not stay out of the hacking game for long, according to a new report. Key government cybersecurity and counterintelligence officials stated that while DarkSide may have actually halted its operations, the group could re-emerge under a
Colonial Pipeline has disclosed that it resorted to paying the DarkSide ransomware gang the ransom demanded in return for a decryption key. The total transaction amounted to $5 million. Colonial Pipeline is one of the largest US fuel pipelines, and the attack caused a subsequent spike in fuel prices up
Last Friday, the Colonial Pipeline suffered from a cyberattack forcing it to shut down four of its main lines and highlighting the real-world consequences of a successful campaign against infrastructure. The shutdown has caused fuel shortages and prices to rise. Colonial provides roughly 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, such