Pipeline CEO: Ransom Payment 'Hardest Decision' of Career

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The colonial pipeline's chief is defending his decision to authorize a multi million dollar payment to hackers last month Joseph Blount says it was his call it was the hardest decision I've made in my thirty nine years in the energy industry the F. B. I.'s urging companies not to pay ransomware demands fearing the payments will just encourage more attacks but Blount told a Senate panel the pipeline shutdown led to a gas shortage in much of the eastern US he worried about how much worse things would be if he did not agree to pay that's an unknown we probably don't want to know and it may be an unknown that we don't want to play out in a public forum the justice department's recovered much of the four point four million dollars colonial paid Sager mag ani Washington

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