U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers

WSJ What's News


U. s. officials say they've recovered sixty four bitcoin valued now at roughly two point. Three million dollars of a ransom paid to the hackers who hit colonial pipeline last month. The fbi said they seized the cryptocurrency from a virtual wallet that the russia based cybercrime group dark side had used to collect the payment in a press conference this afternoon. Deputy attorney general lisa. Monaco said the seizure was the first operation of the departments. Recently launched ransomware and digital extortion task force. Today we turned the tables on dark side by going after entire ecosystem that fuels ransomware and digital extortion attacks including criminal proceeds in the form of digital currency. We will continue to use all of our tools and all of our resources to increase the cost and the consequences of ransomware attacks and other cyber enabled attacks. The colonial pipeline attack forced the shutdown of the main conduit for gasoline and diesel fuel for the east coast.

Coming up next